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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Code of Practice for PhD Students

It is essential that students review the Code of Practice at the start of their study so a signature page has been introduced to the booklet to help encourage this. We will not be checking on students or their supervisor that this has been completed, but please note that if you do not sign the booklet this does not mean that you will not be held against it.


Postgraduate Student Resources

For information regarding Leave to Work Away, Fieldwork Funding, Ethics, Risk Assessments and other matters relating to your student status and course, please consult the Graduate Student Resources web page. 


Guide for Supervisors 

Please see the department's Guide to Supervisors for more information and guidance on supervising undergraduate students in the Department in Politics and International Studies. For more information about supervising online please visit the university wep page here 

"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, Current Student, Politics and International Studies 


The PhD Handbook 

Electronic copies of the PhD Handbook 2021-22 are available here


Methods and Approaches Course

This course is compulsory for all first year PhD students and is led by Professor Duncan Kelly. Current students please log onto the course Moodle to access the reading list and course outline and for more information about the course.

"The PhD programme at POLIS provides a great opportunity to students working across various sub-fields of the discipline to interact closely with renowned experts in politics. The range of seminars, workshops, and talks organised by the department make it a truly stimulating place to study in"

Sagnik Dutta, Current Student, Politics and International Studies 


Prospective PhD Students

Admissions for 2022-2023 will open on 1st September 2021. Funding and the admission portal closed on 6th January 2022.

For more information for prospective applicants to our PhD programme, please see our PhD admissions pages or alternatively please visit the Postgraduate Admissions page.