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Overview

If you're ready to take your knowledge and expertise in Area Studies and International Development into a postgraduate research degree, Portsmouth is the perfect place to fulfil your ambitions.

Our research in Area Studies and International Development is exploring the fields of international relations, history, politics, economies, cultures, languages and geography across specific regions – and when you study for a postgraduate research degree with us, you'll have the chance to make your own contribution to the vital work we're doing.

From exploring the history of the American civil rights movement, investigating Europe's relationship with Russia, or seeking to understand the causes of conflict in West Africa, our research is helping us make sense of our increasingly connected – but fragmented – world.

Our research is breaking down barriers of poverty, disease, and civil turmoil caused by natural disasters and conflict – by investigating how aid workers, charities and non-government organisations (NGOs) can most effectively work within the cultures and communities of developing nations, and by understanding how gender, ethnicity or religion impacts the lives of people around the world.

In the the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 68% of our research was rated 'world leading' (25%) or 'internationally excellent' (43%), placing the University in the top 10 institutions nationally for research impact.

What you'll experience

When you study for a PhD with us, you'll:

  • get support from our Graduate School to develop your skills as a researcher and academic
  • develop exceptional skills and knowledge
  • learn from people at the forefront of their disciplines
  • graduate with demonstrable proof of expertise in your chosen field
  • study for 3 years (full-time) or 6 years (part-time)
  • write a thesis of 40,000 – 80,000 words, depending on your subject area
  • complete a Viva Voce (an oral defence of your work)

Careers and opportunities

Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.

Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

When you graduate with a PhD from the University of Portsmouth, you'll have a body of work and a prestigious qualification that can open doors to further research study – or to senior roles in your industry.

When you finish your PhD, our Careers and Employability service can help you put your skills to work in a rewarding career within your chosen field.

And for up to 5 years after you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can offer you help, advice and support as you advance in your career.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date We did our best, but couldn't find the next application deadline and start date information online.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Research areas:

  • History
  • African Studies
  • International Development Studies
  • European Studies
  • Politics and International Relations
  • American Studies

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. 
  • Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. 
  • All applicants are subject to face-to-face or telephone interview.

Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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