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Politics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #141 (QS) ,
At the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, we conduct research and offer PhD and MPhil supervision in all major fields of Politics at the Newcastle University , including: international and global politics, governance and political organisations, and political theory.

About

We can offer you excellent supervision for your Politics PhD or MPhil at the Newcastle University, in a vibrant and supportive research environment.

We have a Politics Postgraduate Society, which organises:

  • the 'New Voices' seminar series, with both internal and external presenters
  • Round table discussions on topical issues
  • professional development workshops led by politics staff
  • You are encouraged to attend conferences to present papers, partial funding for this is available from the School.

Our main research themes are:

The politics of difference

We examine the issues thrown up by the social and political differences of humanity from a variety of perspectives including: analytical and continental political philosophy; comparative politics and international politics; post-colonialism. Our work includes research on:

  • multiculturalism and issues of identity
  • inequality and social justice
  • disability
  • competing discourses of national identity
  • ethnic-nationalism
  • political violence
  • socio-political exclusion and discrimination
  • global norms and cultural difference
  • free speech - toleration and recognition

Popular culture and political communication

Our research addresses various key issues including:

  • representation
  • aesthetics
  • identity
  • cultural political economy
  • memory
  • control

We also assess the processes and depiction of political struggles, such as:

  • armed conflict
  • everyday life
  • political organising and identity formation
  • elections

Political participation and elections

We examine the differing forms of political participation that link society to the political systems of the world. We look at both the formal electoral process and non-electoral politics (social movements, protest groups etc). Our research on the emergence of virtual political participation means that some of our work intersects with popular culture and political communication. We investigate:

  • citizen involvement and (dis)engagement
  • social capital
  • non-participation
  • the role of civil society

Detailed Programme Facts

  • 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
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The politics of difference
  • Popular culture and political communication
  • Political participation and elections
  • Political ideologies and political thought

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class 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).

  • A 2:1 honours degree and a master's degree, or international equivalent, in politics or a related subject.
  • To study this course you need to meet our Band 8 English Language Requirements.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4350 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
EU - Part time: £2,175

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

  • 560 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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