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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Politics and International Studies is no longer accepting new applications.

Coming to the programme with a different intellectual background, I was immediately made to feel at home at POLIS by the sheer diversity of research carried out and the varied kinds of approaches people bring to the PhD programme. The openness and friendly support, the in-depth and challenging discussions, as well as the encouraging process of developing your own project in constructive exchange and collaboration with other PhD students make the programme an intellectually stimulating and deeply enriching experience.

Carl Pierer (April 2023)

Pursuing a PhD in the POLIS department at the University of Cambridge is one of the best decisions I've made. My supervisor is simply brilliant: a wonder-woman in her field, who constantly challenges me and gives thoughtful feedback to improve my research, while also being one of the kindest people I know. My peers come from all over the globe, they pursue research in a variety of fields, enriching our conversations and providing different perspectives to study. The staff in the department is always readily available to help and share a smile with you in the hallway.  If you are thinking of choosing this program, do it, it is a decision you will not regret. 

Vianney Gomezgil Yaspik (March 2023)

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

4-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Politics and International Studies

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.


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