Integrated PhD Government University of Essex




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Course info


Our four-year integrated PhD Government follows the MA Politics programme for year 1 before beginning the PhD study programme within the department in year 2. By opting for our four-year Integrated course, you will benefit from guidance and training to develop the research mind set needed for your PhD studies. On the first year of your studies you will receive training in research methods, followed by advanced research training and as your course progresses, expert supervision to reach your full potential, as well as access to top quality research facilities.

Our PhD programme provides you with advanced research training and supervision by globally leading scholars. We work with you to analyse and explain significant political outcomes such as war and peace, transitions to democracy, the way governments shape the economy, or the results of the elections.

Your future

Many of our graduate’s secure post-doctoral research or teaching positions within universities. For example, recent graduates are now research fellows and academic staff at Oxford, University College London, Glasgow, Munich, Mannheim, ETH Zürich, Amsterdam, and Duke University in the US.

Other graduates go on to enjoy influential careers in British, European and international politics. This includes working as political lobbyists or researchers for MPs and MEPs. Our graduates also work in the civil service and in local government, for the World Bank, the United Nations, NATO, YouGov, or in the armed forces, finance, and business.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Integrated PhD Government.

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees

£16,230.00 (16,62,702) per year

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




Colchester Campus

University of Essex,

Wivenhoe Park,



CO4 3SQ, England

Entry requirement for international students

You will need a 2.2 honours degree in a relevant social science. Our four year integrated PhD, allows you to spend your first year studying at Masters level in order to develop the necessary knowledge and skills and to start your independent research in year two. If English is not your first language, then we require you to have IELTS 6.5 (5.5 minimum component score); TOEFL IBT 88 overall with minimum component scores: Listening: 17 Reading: 18 Writing: 17 Speaking: 20.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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