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PhD in Politics (Distance Learning)

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PhD details

3 to 4 years full-time
6 years part-time

Start date

October 2023
January 2024

(semester dates)


Research in the department takes place within four clusters:

Comparative Politics and Public Policy
International Studies
Political Economy
Political Theory

Members of staff participate actively in interdisciplinary research. Examples include:

Centre for Applied Human Rights
Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
Research Centre for Social Sciences
School of Philosophy, Politics and Economics


2023/24 UK fees

2023/24 international fees

PhD students benefit from:

  • Dedicated study space
  • Quality research training
  • Teaching opportunities
  • Financial support for conferences and fieldwork
  • Interdisciplinary events

Find out more about some of our current PhD researchers.

Contact us

Contact our Graduate Office
+44 (0)1904 323542 uk

Apply for this course

The Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of York is at the heart of current thinking, research and debate, and home to a prestigious, lively and international community. Our students and academics are internationally recognized as being at the forefront of research. Our staff are committed to both research of the highest standards and to applying their knowledge to real-world problems. They advise governments and international organisations on a wide range of issues, and regularly contribute to the news media and current affairs programmes throughout the world. Current concentrations of research expertise include the history of political thought, contemporary political theory, comparative politics, public policy, peacebuilding, global development, international security, human rights, international political economy, environmental and gender politics. We welcome PhD applications in any of these areas.

The focus of your work will be an independent research project. We provide training which will equip you with skills in a wide range of research skills, including qualitative and quantitative research methods, to support your growing expertise. The PhD requires a dissertation of 70,000- 80,000 words or (for the 'thesis by papers' doctorate) a series of papers making an original contribution to your thesis topic.

Postgraduate research provides opportunities to develop your academic, creative and practical skills. You'll work independently in a supportive academic environment where scholarship and creativity go hand-in-hand.

The PhD in Politics (Distance Learning) allows access to academic supervision and research training for those students unable to work on campus on a regular basis.

Distance learning may be challenging and applicants need to have a high capacity to work independently and in a disciplined fashion to pursue their research goals. Supervisory teams are there to support you in acquiring the knowledge and skills to complete the thesis and there will be opportunities to participate in our research environment through online and hybrid events.

Distance learning students are expected to attend a five day induction process at the University, at the start of their studies.