A full-time PhD degree lasts three years (part-time, five years) and involves detailed study of a topic leading to thesis of 80-100,000 words.

During this time you will benefit from a full training package offered by the Politics and International Relations discipline, facilities in the School of Social Sciences and teaching opportunities, where appropriate, in the discipline.

The Politics and IR discipline has a wide range of expertise that covers a broad spectrum of the discipline, with particular strengths in international politics. The discipline hosts two journals:

  • European Politics and Society (Editor: Prof. Cameron Ross)
  • Russian Politics (Editor: Prof. Cameron Ross)

For more information about Postgraduate Research in Politics, please visit the Politics website.

Entry Requirements

You should have an honours degree at 2.1 or above, and/or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all other components, if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

Most students will be expected to have completed a Master's programme with an element of research training.

English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 24 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.

How to Apply

To apply for a research degree, use the online system UKPASS. You may wish to visit our PhD application process webpage first for more information on what you should submit as part of your application.

You must read the information regarding how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.

Apply here:


Dr Edzia Carvalho

Telephone: +44 (0)1382 385153


PhD fees