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|Run by||Faculty of Social Sciences and Law|
Four years full-time;
eight years part-time
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||
Part-time study requires daytime weekday attendance in the first year.
|Start date||Most students will start in September 2022 or January 2023, however other dates can be considered. Please contact the postgraduate student administrator to discuss the options available.|
The School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies is an interdisciplinary scholarly environment. We produce leading research with an international focus that is relevant to the changing circumstances of an increasingly interconnected world.
We are committed to rigorous conceptual and empirical research that is politically and socially relevant and problem-orientated. We aim to advance theory, knowledge and methods at the interface between sociology, politics and international relations. The questions addressed recognise that political structures are related in complex ways to the social conditions that underlie them; likewise, social conditions are affected in complex ways by political structures. Our aim is not just to monitor the global condition but to contribute to ways that might improve it.
Our research activity is guided by focusing on key themes:
- critical security
- political economy
- global knowledge (including expertise, ignorance, secrecy)
- ethnicity, migration and citizenship
- gender and sexuality
- race, colonialism, postcolonialism, and decolonialism
- the climate crisis, green political theory
- political and social inequalities
- social, cultural, political and international theory
- socio-technical systems and their politics
- popular culture and (global) politics
- Europe, Europeanisation
- the Americas , politics and sociology
- African regional and state politics
- south and east Asian regional and state politics.
All researchers across the school identify with one or more of the themes. This enables collective identification over themes within the school and aims to generate further collaboration and interdisciplinarity in our research activities. In addition, the themes provide a basis for internal and external recognition of the main questions and topics that our research addresses.
Fees for 2022/23
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:
- UK: full-time
- UK: part-time
- Overseas: full-time
Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.
Funding for 2022/23
The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships. Applicants may also be interested in applying for funding from the University of Bristol scholarship fund or alumni PhD scholarship fund.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) and a master's qualification (or equivalent).
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
Bristol graduates are in high demand and have excellent record of employment following graduation. Please visit the school website for statements from our former graduates.
The application deadline is not fixed for self-funded applications.
The closing date for ESRC studentship applications (September 2022 start) is January 2022. For further details on applying for ESRC funding, please visit the SWDTP website.
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Get in touch
Postgraduate Student Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 7572 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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REF 2021 results
The University of Bristol is ranked fifth for research in the UK (Times Higher Education), with 94% of our research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.
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