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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


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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. 

"The PhD programme at POLIS offers a stimulating intellectual environment to explore different research avenues. Cambridge is home to world-leading experts who are willing to share their expertise with aspiring scholars."

Léonie de Jonge, Recent Student, Politics and International 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. For more information about supervising online please visit the university wep page here 

The PhD Handbook 

Electronic copies of the PhD Handbook 2020/21 are available here. 

Methods and Approaches Course

This course is compulsory for all first year PhD students and is led by Professor Duncan Bell. Please note that for Michaelmas Term 2020, the course will be taught online. 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 2021-2022 are now Open. Funding and the admission portal will close on 7th January 2021.

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