Ph. D. On Campus

Political Science

University College London (UCL)

36 months
22900 GBP/year
5690 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Political Science programme from University College London (UCL) is one of the most competitive in Europe. Small cohorts receive extensive training to prepare for senior positions in research, teaching, or applied work in government, international organisations, private firms, and the third sector.


The department welcomes research in all the major sub-fields of political science. This Political Science programme from University College London (UCL) includes international relations, political economy, public policy and management, legal and political theory, comparative politics, and data analysis. 

Why study this degree at UCL?

Political science is a discipline with fast moving frontiers and a wide range of increasingly sophisticated methodological approaches. To make our students competitive on the job market, our programme therefore offers one of the most comprehensive and integrated training sequences in the UK. 

PhD students are an integral part of the department's research community through participation in departmental research seminars, research clusters, joint teaching, and co-authoring. All students have a three-person supervisory team providing a breadth of inputs from different sub-disciplines and methodological approaches. 


Our research students have entered a wide range of careers including leading academic positions, international organisations, private sector, third sector, and government.


Extensive training in a wide range of methods at advanced levels give students the necessary skill sets to pursue careers at senior levels in and outside of academia. 


Based in London, the programme offers unique networking opportunities to policymakers, academics, and practitioners in the corporate and third sector.

Programme Structure

Research areas:

  • British politics
  • Comparative politics and government
  • EU politics and public policy
  • Human rights
  • International relations
  • Political economy
  • Public policy
  • Political theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The minimum academic requirements are an upper second-class Honours degree (or equivalent) and merit (or equivalent) in a recognised Master’s degree programme and a minimum 65% mark on the Master’s degree dissertation. At least one of the three has to be a first class/distinction (or equivalent). 
  • Students applying for the 1+3 without a Master’s degree will need to have a first-class Honours degree (or equivalent).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22900 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    5690 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5690 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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


The department offers fully funded 4-year scholarships together with AHRC and ESRC Scholarships. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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