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Politics and International Relations (PhD/MPhil)



What will I learn?


Political Theory is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Politics and International Relations research programmes (MPhil, PhD). The School has an exceptionally strong research culture with a strong reputation for the quality of the research produced and the growing number of research grants it is attracting. It is home to the renowned Collingwood and British Idealism Centre and attracts visiting scholars from all over the world, most prominently Professors Carole Pateman and Rex Martin both of whom have become Honorary Professors at Cardiff. Careers include teaching, universities, civil service/ Foreign Office, European Commission, journalism, business, politics, and NGOs. Our alumni include Huw Edwards (BBC), Neil Bentley (CBI), and Leri Edwards (European Commission).

Which department am I in?

School of Law and Politics

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
For tuition fees for this course, please visit our website.

*View details on institution website

Start date

3 January 2023, 1 April 2023, 1 July 2023, 1 October 2023, 2 January 2024, 1 April 2024, 1 July 2024


Cardiff University

PO Box 921,


CF10 3XQ, Wales

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants should have a good Honours degree in Politics or International Relations (2:1 or equivalent) or overseas equivalent in a relevant subject. We will consider all individual applicants on their specific merits. If you do not have the standard qualifications for the course, you may still apply. Your application will be considered if you have the following; Masters’ degree in Politics or International Relations (or equivalent) with an average mark of at least 65%. Applicants with appropriate professional experience. Interviews (via Skype/Phone or in person) may be conducted to identify and assess the academic merit of prospective students. Those whose first language is not English must obtain a score of at least 7.0 in IELTS (with no less than 6.5 in the Writing element and no less than 5.5 in Listening, Speaking and Reading). TOEFL iBT: At least 100 overall with a minimum of 20 in each subskill.

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


About Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised by international employers from the globe-over, making its graduates highly sought after.

  • Ranked 166th in world (QS World University Rankings 2023)
  • Based in one of the safest capital cities in Europe
  • High quality teaching with highly qualified teaching staff
  • Top 20 in the UK for quality of research (REF 2021)

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