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What will I learn?

The University of Brighton welcomes applicants for a PhD in politics, one of its major academic strengths. You will work within a thriving and supportive academic environment, with membership of one or more of our specialist centres, normally the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics or the Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics.

Students with interests across disciplinary boundaries can develop supervisory teams and methodologies from across the university including human geography, history, political art theory and practice, dissonant sexualities, criminology, globalisation, and many aspects concerning social justice and equality.

We encourage you to approach a possible lead supervisor in the first instance. If this is successful then they will help you to shape a project and draw on the necessary expertise from our inter-disciplinary researchers across the university.

We welcome approaches to discuss suitable projects and can provide advice on application, proposals and any suitable funding. Your Politics PhD project may lend itself to a social sciences methodology or a humanities-based approach. You should consider this when you are shaping your proposal and approaching a supervisor.

Which department am I in?

School of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£13,326.00 (13,75,887) per year
Fees will be subject to an annual review, and may increase annually throughout the student’s period of enrolment on the course (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit).

This is a fixed fee

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

Start date

October 2021


University of Brighton

Mithras House,

Lewes Road,


Brighton & Hove,

BN2 4AT, England

Entry requirements

For international students

The entry requirements for the PhD are: a recognised Master’s degree with a significant research component, for example MPhil from another university, or similar qualification which is regarded by the University of Brighton as being equivalent and relevant or substantial appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level which resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment. An application made by someone with this experience will be considered on its merits and will normally require independent academic references or, unless a School exercises their right to specify more stringent entry requirements, we may consider a first or upper second honours degree or other qualification which is regarded by the University of Bighton as being equivalent and relevant. Research degrees in Arts and Humanities and Health Professions require 7.0 overall, 7 for writing, and none below 6.5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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