Politics PhD - 2019 Entry

Entry Year

Full time 36 Month(s)

Course Overview

Politics and International Relations at Lancaster is innovative, interdisciplinary and post-disciplinary. Research proposals reflecting this are especially encouraged from those seeking to undertake a PhD research degree. We particularly welcome proposals matching the research interests of any members of our staff

The department has a strong approach to supporting you in your studies, whether through reading groups, research methods study classes, opportunities to present and review research projects or links with external presenters. There is good support from the library and a vigorous seminar programme. We enjoy good working relationships with related departments and centres, and joint supervision arrangements, across different disciplines, are possible.

Key Information

Details of the research areas can be found on the website here http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/ppr/postgraduate/study-for-a-phd/.  

If you submit an application you should include the names of the potential supervisors and any associated correspondence that you have received from them.  

 Master’s Degree  

Successfully completed a Master’s degree in a social science background

Undergraduate Degree

2:1 (UK Hons) degree or equivalent in a relevant social science subject.

If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualifications here: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/international-qualifications/

We may consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for further information.


IELTS: Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 5.5

We consider tests from other providers, which can be found here:  http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/international-students/english-requirements/requirements-p2/

If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes

Pre-sessional English language programmes available:

10 Week – Overall score of at least 5.5, with no individual element below 5.0


4 Week – Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below 5.5


Longer pre-sessional courses are available, please contact the Admissions Officer for more information 

Assessment: Original research and thesis

Funding: All applicants should consult our information on fees and funding.




Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK/EU £4,327 £2,164
Overseas £14,630 £7,310

The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

What are tuition fees for?

Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

What support is available towards tuition fees?

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.