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PhD in Politics and International Studies (2020 Entry)

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  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Research
  • Qualification
  • PhD
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 3-4 years
  • Part-time: up to 7 years


The University of Warwick's Politics department, ranked 1st in REF 2014, offers the PhD in Politics and International Studies. Gain the unique opportunity to undertake a research project one of the UK's largest Politics and International Studies departments.


PAIS has a vibrant PhD community, and our doctoral research have a very broad range of research interest. The programme is structured around achieving distinct milestones centred on your progress. In your first year, you will be required to attend the PAIS first-year training module PO961: Doctoral Thesis Writing in Politics and International Studies.

As you progress through the course, you are also expected to attend a series of tailored two-day workshops in year one, two, and three of the programme. Additional research training and personal and professional development are available through the department, the Graduate School, IT Services, and the Careers & Skills Office.

PAIS has a keen interest in fostering networking between doctoral researchers of all stages as well as between PhD students and staff, and we therefore hold regular social events.

Find a Supervisor

Research proposal guidance


Areas for PhD supervision

By research groups:

International Political Economy; International Relations and Security; Comparative Politics & Democratisation; Political Theory.

By theme:

Development; Gender; Performance and Politics; Cyber Security; Intelligence; Food Security; Justice; US/EU/UK Foreign Policy; East Asia; Europe; Democratisation; Political Spaces; Environmental Policy; North-South Relations; Ethics; International Finance; Global Governance; Migration; Terrorism and Counter-terrorism.


  • PO961: Doctoral Thesis Writing in Politics and International Studies
  • Advanced Training Workshops

Entry requirements A Master’s degree (or equivalent) with a minimum degree classification of merit/2:1 in a relevant subject area; a strong research proposal; explicit support from potential PAIS supervisor(s)

English language requirements Band B
IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.