Applications are now open for the new positions for PhD study in Political Science for the academic year 2018-2019. The Department of Political Science normally admits around five students per year to the PhD programme, and typically provides financial support in the form of tuition grants, stipends, teaching and research assistantships, along with support for the postgraduate conference and research travel.
Political Science offers the opportunity for research students to enter our PhD programme. This is a creative departure from the traditional PhD offered elsewhere in much of Europe and is designed to produce rigorously trained, widely-read and well-rounded political scientists, able to take their place in the forefront of the profession.
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- Applications deadline: The deadline for applications to the doctoral programme for entry in September 2018 is March 2018. Students who require an early decision on their entry to the doctoral programme are encouraged to contact the Director of Graduate Studies after submitting their application.
- Course Level: The studentships are available to pursue PhD programme.
- Study Subject: The studentships are awarded in the field of Political Science. Applicants are particularly welcome from students who wish to conduct research in areas in which the Department has particular research strengths: – Comparative European politics, European Union politics, and policies, incl. the European Court of Justice, Irish politics, African politics, Electoral systems and political parties, Legislative politics, International conflict, Politics of climate change, Political theory.
- Award: The Department of Political Science normally admits six students per year, and typically provides financial support in the form of tuition grants, stipends, teaching and research assistantships, and support for postgraduate conference and research travel.
- Nationality: International students are eligible to apply for this application programme.
- Number of Awards: The Department of Political Science normally admits six students per year.
- The award can be taken in the Ireland
Eligible Countries: Students from all around the world are eligible to apply for this application programme.
Entrance Requirements: University seeks outstanding and motivated graduates for entry to our doctoral programme. Applicants are particularly welcome from students who wish to conduct research in areas in which the Department has particular research strengths: comparative European politics, European Union politics and policies, European Law, Irish politics, public policies, electoral systems, political parties including extreme right parties, public opinion and electoral behaviour, the politics of international law, international organisations, and political theory. The Department also invites applications from students whose research develops innovative quantitative methods, such as the quantitative analysis of political texts, as this is another strong area of research among staff.
Successful applicants must have a good honours degree in political science or a related discipline. The Department of Political Science seeks to recruit a varied mix of students from different disciplinary, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are looking for bright, hard-working students who want to prepare themselves to undertake good quality and interesting research in an area where the department has expertise.
The research interests of staff cover a wide range of subject areas from transitions to democracy through political philosophy to the politics of electoral systems and the Department has gained international renown for its work in all of these areas.
English Language Requirements: All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:
- IELTS: Grade 6.5 (No section less than 6.0)
- TOEFL: 90 – internet based (with a written score of 21)
- University of Cambridge:
- Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
- Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)
How to Apply:
If you would like to apply for the PhD programme, please apply via the Courses section of the TCD website.