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, and secrecy);
- ethnicity, migration and citizenship;
- gender and sexuality;
- race, colonialism, postcolonialism, and decolonialism;
- the climate crisis and 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.
An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) and a master's qualification (or equivalent).
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level B.
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £4,665 per year
- UK: part-time
- £2,332 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £20,100 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
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 2023/24
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 the alumni PhD scholarship fund.
Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.
Bristol graduates are in high demand and have an excellent record of employment following graduation. Please visit the school website for statements from our former graduates.
Postgraduate Student Administrator
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