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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Politics and International Studies is no longer accepting new applications.

"The openness and flexibility of the PhD programme allows POLIS to accommodate an incredible variety of research in the Department, which makes it a very stimulating environment. I particularly enjoy the opportunity to draw links between seemingly unrelated topics and feel very fortunate to have met such remarkable people, scholars, and friends in the process."

Tatiana Pignon (January 2021)

“I chose the PhD programme because of the scope and quality of the academics, but they have surpassed my expectations - teaching me a huge amount. I don’t know of another department with such an open attitude towards methodological approaches, and staff have helped me access a travel grant and offered support in organising a conference. I feel very lucky to be part of POLIS"

Jerry O’Shea (December 2020)

"A PhD at POLIS is a rare opportunity to meet and befriend incredible people who are at the cutting edge of diverse and globally relevant research. I enjoy working independently and have found POLIS to be a great fit. It is a privilege to be a part of such a well-resourced and intellectually stimulating department"

Lyn Kouadio (December 2020)

Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Politics and International Studies

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Jan. 6, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 6, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.


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