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PhD Politics
Examine the political landscape focusing on a research specialism of your choice.

PhD Politics

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
PhD
Duration
36 Months full-time
Entry requirements

Candidates MUST normally have;

  • Bachelors (Honours) degree (or overseas equivalent) at 2:1 level or above in a cognate subject, and
  • Normally a Masters degree at 65% overall average with minimum 65% in dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant cognate subject, preferably one with a substantial research methods component. Transcripts will be carefully scrutinised to ensure that applicants have the required background.
  • Cognate subjects include: politics, anthropology, economics/political economy, geography, history, languages/cultures, law and sociology.
  • Note; due to the volume of applications received each year, and limited spaces, regrettably offers cannot be made to all applicants who satisfy the academic entry criteria.
  • All applicants who pass the initial assessment stage will be interviewed before any offer is confirmed.

Having an expert supervisor is extremely important for success in Research degree programmes and part of the application process is that we seek suitable supervision. With 74% of our research output ranked as world and nationally leading at the last REF (2014), we boast a number of exceptional scholars available for supervision. The best way to find a suitable supervisor is to look at the websites of the research clusters in Politics.

Feel free to make direct contact with any academics to discuss your proposed research topic. Please note that such contact can only be informal and no decision can be made on your application until it is submitted and processed through the Postgraduate Admissions Office. If you make a positive contact with an academic, please make sure to include their name on your application form when you submit it.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

Expert supervision is key to research degree programmes. We cannot provide supervision across all areas and we are therefore sometimes unable to offer admission to excellent applicants.

How to apply

Apply online

Non UK/EU applicants are strongly advised to submit their application by July to ensure sufficient time for applying for a Visa.

Politics applicants MUST provide the names of two supervisors on their application form .  Please record the name of the first preferred supervisor under Proposed Research Supervisor and the name of the second supervisor should be entered in the Details tab under the Research Title section.

Information on staff interests and research areas can be found here .

Please note that failure to provide the names of two supervisors will result in the delay of the decision of your application.

FUNDING APPLICATION DEADLINE - for those who wish to be considered for funding, either from the School or the ESRC/NWDTC, you MUST have submitted a complete on-line programme application form by 1 December 2017.   The ESRC/NWDTC funding application deadline is 5 February 2018.  However, we  strongly encourage  students who seek funding to submit an on-line programme application, including an initial proposal, 2 academic references, degree transcripts and CV), by 1 December 2017 so that we can identify the strongest applications and offer support in revising and strengthening these before final shortlisting takes place.

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PhD Y Y N N

Programme overview

PhD programme in Politics benefits from a global reputation, lively PhD student body, multiple research seminar series, and expertise in a diverse set of areas of politics grouped in our five research clusters. Politics is the biggest post-graduate community in our School. We welcome students from all around the world. Our students form a vibrant community both socially and academically.

Manchester Politics is one of the top Politics departments in the country, and in the top fifty globally. This offers many career opportunities for our PhD students, in terms of networking internally, and externally, support for many diverse research methods and approaches, overseas and fieldwork visits, internships and career development.

Open days

For details of the next University Postgraduate open day, visit open days and visits

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA
    International students (per annum): £18,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA
    International students (per annum): £9,000

Scholarships/sponsorships

Please see the School's funding page for further information (please note that the School's funding web page is not fully updated yet, any queries please email vicky.barnes@manchester.ac.uk )

To be considered for funding please submit a full on-line programme application by 1 December 201 7 .

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Vicky Barnes
Telephone
0161 275 4743
Facsimile
0161 275 2450
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/politics
Academic department overview

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Candidates MUST normally have;

  • Bachelors (Honours) degree (or overseas equivalent) at 2:1 level or above in a cognate subject, and
  • Normally a Masters degree at 65% overall average with minimum 65% in dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant cognate subject, preferably one with a substantial research methods component. Transcripts will be carefully scrutinised to ensure that applicants have the required background.
  • Cognate subjects include: politics, anthropology, economics/political economy, geography, history, languages/cultures, law and sociology.
  • Note; due to the volume of applications received each year, and limited spaces, regrettably offers cannot be made to all applicants who satisfy the academic entry criteria.
  • All applicants who pass the initial assessment stage will be interviewed before any offer is confirmed.

Having an expert supervisor is extremely important for success in Research degree programmes and part of the application process is that we seek suitable supervision. With 74% of our research output ranked as world and nationally leading at the last REF (2014), we boast a number of exceptional scholars available for supervision. The best way to find a suitable supervisor is to look at the websites of the research clusters in Politics.

Feel free to make direct contact with any academics to discuss your proposed research topic. Please note that such contact can only be informal and no decision can be made on your application until it is submitted and processed through the Postgraduate Admissions Office. If you make a positive contact with an academic, please make sure to include their name on your application form when you submit it.

English language

  • IELTS 7, including 7 in writing and with no further score below 6.5
  • TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section.
  • ALL non-native English speaking students are required to do the English language assessment when they register in September.
  • Any non-native English speaking student going away for fieldwork in an overseas, non-English speaking country required to re-take the English assessment when they come back to Manchester.
  • All non UK/EU, non-native English speaking applicants must have obtained the minimum IELTS or TOEFL score in order to obtain a CAS for their visa.

Scores are valid for 2 years.

For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, your test score is valid for 2 years preceding the course start date.

For example;

Test taken on or after 17 September 2016 - CAS issued June 2018 = Score is VALID

Test taken before 17 September 2016 = Score is INVALID

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

Applicants from certain countries MAY be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score.  For further advice please email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk

Pre-Sessional English Courses:

If you eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will be required to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course).

The dates and fees for next summer (2018) are now available on the English Language Centre's website.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply online

Non UK/EU applicants are strongly advised to submit their application by July to ensure sufficient time for applying for a Visa.

Politics applicants MUST provide the names of two supervisors on their application form .  Please record the name of the first preferred supervisor under Proposed Research Supervisor and the name of the second supervisor should be entered in the Details tab under the Research Title section.

Information on staff interests and research areas can be found here .

Please note that failure to provide the names of two supervisors will result in the delay of the decision of your application.

FUNDING APPLICATION DEADLINE - for those who wish to be considered for funding, either from the School or the ESRC/NWDTC, you MUST have submitted a complete on-line programme application form by 1 December 2017.   The ESRC/NWDTC funding application deadline is 5 February 2018.  However, we  strongly encourage  students who seek funding to submit an on-line programme application, including an initial proposal, 2 academic references, degree transcripts and CV), by 1 December 2017 so that we can identify the strongest applications and offer support in revising and strengthening these before final shortlisting takes place.

Advice to applicants

For students who require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK please refer to our specialist advice pages.

Interview requirements

As part of the offer making process applicants will be required to undertake an interview assessment.  This may be in the form of a face-to-face interview, Skype or telephone. 

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Programme details

Programme description

For further information on this programme please see the Politics page.

Special features

Our Department hosts the British Election Study the largest quantitative data source in politics in Britain; the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence : an interdisciplinary forum for the promotion research and teaching on Europe; and Feminist Political Economy Network : a UK-based academic network that aims to facilitate research on and discussion of the gendered dimensions of the global political economy.

We comprise five research clusters, including Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT); Comparative public policy and institutions (CCPI); Global Political Economy ; Democracy and elections ; and Critical Global Politics . A flourishing programme of events, seminars, and research groups complements our postgraduate courses and doctoral supervision.

Additional programme information

The School of Social Sciences is now based in a brand new purpose-built building which allows 24/7 access.

There is shared workspace available for research students within the Discipline Area and also a dedicated area in the atrium with computer terminals

Teaching and learning

Programme unit list

The programme unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this programme of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
PhD Research Design POLI70081 0 Mandatory
Research Skills for PhD Students POLI70092 0 Mandatory

What our students say

See the profiles of our current cohort of PhD students .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

See the Career and Employability information page.