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MRes/PhD in Political Science

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Welcome from the Programme Director

We are proud to offer a doctoral programme that provides world-leading methods training, participation in a lively and open research culture, and the opportunity to be part of one of the best departments in political science and political studies.

We believe that to succeed in the discipline you need to hone your methodological skills early on. This is why the first year of the MRes/PhD in Political Science consists of a course in research design, methods courses, specialist courses in our department, and the authoring of a research prospectus. The specialist training courses provided by us and the Department of Methodology will help you to refine your project and 'hit the ground running' after year one.

The Department of Government is a beacon of excellence in many different fields. As a doctoral student, you will find several lively research seminars, attended by world-leading academics. If you are looking for a potential supervisor, please browse our staff pages.

On this website you will find more information about the programme and its structure, the application process, and funding opportunities. Please have a look around, and do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Kai Spiekermann
Doctoral Programme Director