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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

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Welcome to the web page for the PhD programme in Politics and International Studies.

Here you will find information to support your study at Cambridge.  For firm guidance addressing university procedures and examinations please refer to the relevant official documentation and regulations issued by the university. Links to these can be found on this page and also on the Current Postgraduate students page.

PhD Handbook

The course handbook contains extensive information regarding the programme and should be referred to whenever possible

PhD Programme Handbook 2023-2024

The course Moodle Page

This page contains resources and information to assist you during your PhD programme, and will be updated on a regular basis.

Course: PhD in Politics and International Studies (

Thesis requirements

Word limits and requirements

Thesis submissions

Thesis Submissions should be submitted directly to the POLIS Degree Committee electronically via the Course Moodle page. Please submit your thesis in Pdf format as directed on the Moodle page.

Please also email to confirm that you have made your submission. If you have any questions, please contact the PhD administrator.  

You are not required to send anything to Student Registry and you do not need to send anything to the Degree Committee directly, everything must be submitted through the PhD Moodle page.

Viva examination and corrections

Information for supervisors of undergraduate students

2nd, 3rd and 4th Year PhD students have the opportunity to take part in undergraduate supervisions. Undergraduates studying Politics and International Relations receive teaching in two different forms: lectures, sometimes supplemented with seminars, which are organised by the Department; and supervisions, which are formally organised and paid for by the Colleges. Each year during Easter term, PhD students will be invited to supervise by the Undergraduate Secretary with a list of the confirmed papers for the following academic year.

Cambridge Review of International Affairs (CRIA)

The Cambridge Review of International Affairs (CRIA) is a peer-reviewed international relations, law and political economy journal, edited under the auspices of the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge. It is published four times a year by Routledge (Taylor & Francis) and is circulated to more than 5,000 libraries world-wide. To find out more about the journal, please visit the CRIA website.