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Politics PhD



What will I learn?

Why choose this course

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 students have the opportunity to work closely with their supervisor and other members of the academic community, in an active research environment.

  • 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.


Your final assessment will be based on the presentation of your research in a written thesis, which will be discussed in a viva examination with at least two examiners. You have the option of preparing your thesis as a monograph (one large volume in chapter form) or in publication format (including chapters written for publication), subject to the approval of your supervisors.

Which department am I in?

FASS - Department of Politics

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
£18,100.00 (US$ 22,160) per year
APRIL 2023: £18,100; JULY 2023: £18,100; SEPTEMBER 2023 - £18,600; JANUARY 2024 - £18,600

This is a fixed fee

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

Start date

October 2023, January 2024


University of Surrey



GU2 7XH, England

Entry requirements

For international students

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 Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category. TOEFL (ibt) - 88 overall with 18 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 19 in Speaking and 23 in Writing.

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


About University of Surrey

Expect more at Surrey, a global community with a worldwide impact.

  • Based in the popular town of Guildford, 35 minutes to London
  • 18th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2023)
  • University of the Year for Graduate Employment
  • Intl. Foundation Year and pre-sessional English courses

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