Applications are invited for the following awards, which are tenable for up to three years for full-time study*:

Two fee waivers** (Home/EU rate) currently £17,009 stipend per year for three years (linked to UKRI rates, London weighting included).

We are looking for high-quality prospective doctoral students who will contribute to at least one of the core areas of research within the School listed below. We recommend you discuss your proposal with potential supervisors before submitting. Interdisciplinary applications are particularly welcome. Preference will be given to candidates whose proposal complements existing research activities in CSD.

  • Contemporary democratic theory and practice
  • Critical international theory
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Governance, complexity, resilience
  • Post-colonial politics, development and emerging powers
  • Security, violence and justice
  • Social and cultural lives

Entry requirements

Candidates should normally have a minimum classification of 2.1 in their Bachelor Degree or equivalent and preferably a Master's degree.

Applicants whose secondary level education has not been conducted in the medium of English should also demonstrate evidence of appropriate English language proficiency normally defined as IELTS: 6.5 (overall score with not less than 6.0 in any of the individual elements).

Read more about our entry requirements for research degrees.

Please note that while overseas fee-paying students may apply, the fee waived would be at the home/EU rate and successful applicants will need to pay the difference in the tuition fee if assessed as overseas.

How to apply

Read more about The School of Social Sciences.

Please follow these links to apply for the programme most appropriate to your research, please note that the programme appears as MPhil on UCAS, however, there is an option on the form to request PhD via MPhil, which is the standard route:

The closing date for applications is 5 pm on Friday 13 March 2020. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 26 May 2020. The Studentship title is "CSD Research Studentship".

For academic enquiries about an MPhil/PhD in Politics, please email, and for academic enquiries about an MPhil/PhD in Sociology or Criminology, please email