48 months
17600 GBP/year
4500 GBP/year
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In the Politics programme of the University of Surrey students have the opportunity to work closely with their supervisor and other members of the academic community, in an active research environment.


Why choose this programme

The Department of Politics at the University of Surrey is a thriving space for cutting-edge research and advanced training  on a range of political areas. The department has an active PhD community   pursuing cutting-edge research around several major research themes and well-established research centres.

  • Our department has two well established research centres bringing together our students, members of staff, and visiting researchers:The Centre for Britain and Europe 
  • The Centre for International Intervention. 

Our PhD students are undertaking cutting edge research in the areas of comparative politics; British politics; international relations; EU studies; political conflicts and interventions; parties and elections; public policy; American politics; public opinion; area studies.

What you will study

During your first year you will undertake two modules in quantitative and qualitative research methods. You will also attend a series of seminars providing training and advice on research and professional development, as well as becoming a member of one of our research centres.

The Department of Politics is particularly interested in promoting a lively and active community between doctoral students and members of staff, and we hold regular social events.

Programme Structure

Research themes
  • European foreign and security policy
  • The role of the EU as an international actor
  • Electoral behaviour
  • Party politics and patronage
  • Human rights and humanitarianism
  • Nuclear non-proliferation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 96 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are expected to hold a bachelors degree with a minimum of 2:1 and a masters degree with a minimum of a Merit from a UK university or overseas equivalent in a relevant discipline.
  • IELTS Academics: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17600 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 48 months.

Part time:

  • UK: £2,250
  • Overseas: £8,800

Living costs for Guildford

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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