Durham University

Durham University

Government and International Affairs

Research supervision available in the following areas: American politics; British party politics; British political history; central Asian studies; China's international relations; economic development in the Middle East; the European union; German politics; history of political thought; international development; international organisation; international relations of East Asia; international relations theory and methodology; Islamic studies; Middle East politics; modern Iranian studies; North African studies; Persian studies; political culture; regional security issues: geopolitics and economic geography; religion and politics; religion and globalisation; Islamic economics and finance.

Entry requirements

Master's degree in an appropriate subject or its equivalent; English language requirements include an IELTS total of 7.0 (with no component within that score lower than 6.5) OR TOEFL 102 (with no component within that score lower than 25).

Assessment methods

All PhD programmes are assessed by submission of a 100,000 word thesis and an oral examination.

Sponsorship information

Durham Doctoral Studentships; North East Doctoral Training Centre Studentships (ESRC) for Politics and International Relations and Language-Based Area Studies.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 3,900 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 14,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 3,900 per Academic year (EU fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University Durham DH1 3LG North East

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
Telephone number: 
0191 334 3357