- Doctoral skills online
- Doctoral skills workshop
- Research project
- Supervisory team
Develop as an independent and competent researcher, and gain a greater understanding of research techniques appropriate to your subject area.
During this course, you will conduct a major piece of independent and original research, following either the traditional or alternative (article-based) thesis route.
This programme is recognised as being part of the following ESRC-funded South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) Political Science & International Studies discipline-specific pathway.
Most students complete this programme in 4 years. You cannot take less than 2 years to finish your research and the maximum time you are allowed is normally 4 years.
You may start this programme at any time. Most students start in September.
Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.
Your academic progress and general welfare will be monitored by your supervisor.
The Doctor of Philosophy Degree provides the opportunity to research a topic in depth and to make a significant contribution to knowledge. You will be required to conduct supervised research at the leading edge of the field and write a substantial thesis.
The PhD programme aims to:
Professional development is a crucial element of doctoral study, not only in supporting your research but also as part of your longer term career development. Our DoctoralSkills workshops and courses will help you build your skills and help you succeed in your doctorate.
The final stage of the PhD degree is the oral or viva voce examination, in which students are required to defend the thesis to a Board of Examiners.
You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course.
If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.
Two references are required. At least one of these should be an academic reference from your most recent place of study.
Fees and funding information for Politics, Languages and International Studies PhD
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home or Overseas student.
Learn how we decide fee status
Tuition fees are liable to increase annually for all University of Bath students. If you aren't paying your fees in British pounds, you should also budget for possible fluctuations in your own currency.
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You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card or bank transfer.
3 months prior to the intended start date (for international applicants) or 2 months prior to the intended start date (for home applicants). For example, for an end of September start, the deadline is 30 June (international) and 31 July (home).
If developing your own proposal (as opposed to applying for a pre-defined research project) the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies recommend that you develop a draft Research Proposal before contacting the prospective supervisor which will form the basis for discussing your research project.
See our guide about how to apply for doctoral study
On the Departmental side, the selection process involves the proposed supervisors as well as the Director of Studies. Before an offer of acceptance can be made, each applicant is required to attend an interview. The interview will be conducted by at least two members of staff- the proposed supervisor(s) and/or the Director of Studies.
If you are an international student, you can find out more about the visa requirements for studying in the UK.
For additional support please contact the Student Immigration Service for matters related to student visas and immigration.