University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Politics and International Studies

The programme consists of 3 elements. In the 1st year, there is a focus on training in research methods and transferrable skills. Throughout the programme, there are also seminars and other events, allowing candidates to benefit from presentations covering a number of areas relevant to their work, to present their own work, and to prepare to enter the job market. Candidates will work closely with a principal supervisor, supported by a second supervisor. Candidates can submit after three years, and must submit after four.

Entry requirements

1st class undergraduate degree from a UK university or equivalent/GPA of at least 3.85 or equivalent from a non-UK University; a Master's degree in a relevant subject, with a mark equivalent to a distinction/GPA of at least 3.85 or equivalent from a non-UK University; a detailed research proposal of 500-1000 words outlining the subject of the thesis, with a working title, and including an indication of the methodology to be adopted and sources to be used; applications without a research proposal cannot be considered; if the student's 1st language is not English or the instruction at the student's university was not in English, then the student must take a language proficiency test; for IELTS the University requires an overall score of 7.5 with no element below 7; for a TOEFL, paper based test, a score of 637 and at least 5.5 in the test of written English (TWE); for a TOEFL internet based test, a score of 110 with no element below 25.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 7,362 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 19,017 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

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