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Current PhD Students

Prospective PhD Students

Admissions for 2018-19 entry is now closed. Admissions for 2019-2020 entry opens in September 2018. For more information for prospective applicants to our PhD programme, please see our PhD admissions pages.

Graduate 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 webpage. 

 My experience in POLIS has been greatly enriched by the people. I enjoy the support of brilliant and constructive peers, as well as amazing staff who have been integral in helping me successfully navigate my Cambridge experience.   

Kaitlin Ball, Current Student, Post-conflict Security Studies

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. 

The PhD Handbook 

A hard copy of the PhD Handbook 2017/18 is available in the POLIS office. E-copies are also available upon request, email  

Methods and Approaches Course

This course is compulsory for all first year PhD students and is led by Dr Duncan Bell Current students, please go onto your Moodle to access your reading list for this subject.