M.Phil. Politics

  • On Campus
  • 36 months
  • GBP12710 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP4052 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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Goldsmiths, University of London | London, United Kingdom
We accept research students into the Department on the basis of a match between your proposed research and the current research interests of a potential supervisor as well as an assessment of qualifications and suitability for a research degree. Initial discussions about supervision are therefore on the basis of a brief research proposal prepared by prospective students before a formal application is made.



Initially, you register for a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programme to train you in the research methods necessary to complete a PhD. You can apply to upgrade to PhD registration when you have satisfactorily completed an agreed part of the research and training programme; this usually happens before 18 months if you are studying full-time, or before 36 months if part-time.

You should aim to complete and submit your PhD thesis within an agreed period, usually three to four years for full-time students, and four to six years for part-time. If you decide not to upgrade to PhD registration, you can submit your thesis for an MPhil after two years if you are studying full-time, or after three years if part-time. With the agreement of your supervisor, you can change your registration from full to part-time or vice versa.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 12710 per year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP 4052 per year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Start date
Duration full-time 36 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 48 months

Course Content

3-4 years full-time or 4-6 years part-time.

Research supervision

You are assigned members of staff qualified to supervise your research throughout your period of registration. Please see staff interests for details of the teaching staff and their research interests. You usually have a single supervisor, although in some cases joint supervision is agreed, and two members of staff are involved in the supervision. Supervision involves regular meetings throughout the period of study, and ideally involves the development of an intensive intellectual relationship between you and your supervisor, from which both parties gain.

Research training

All research students who have not completed an MRes or MPhil degree will have to attend courses on quantitative and qualitative research methods held in their first year of study. A College-wide programme of research training is also provided, which involves an induction course (which all students should attend), introduction to information technologies and the use of library and bibliographic resources, basic training in quantitative research methods, and sessions on research planning, presentation skills and ethics.

Optional elements

There are seminars held within the Department, which you can attend. Also, you may, after consultation with your supervisor, audit the appropriate postgraduate options from any of the taught MA/MRes programmes offered in the Department. This involves participating in seminar discussions and/or writing coursework, but not being formally assessed for the course.

English Language Requirements

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language. Find English courses on Language Learning Portal.

CAE score
193(Grade B)


You should normally have a Master´s degree in a relevant subject area. Interviews are held on the basis of your application form, which should include a research outline of at least 2,000 words. The acceptance of your application depends on the suitability of your research proposal, and the availability of appropriate facilities at Goldsmiths.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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