Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature (MPhil, PhD)

the United Kingdom

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The award
MPhil, PhD

How long you will study
1 - 6 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
October, February, April

International course fees
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All study options

About Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature at University of Portsmouth

If you're ready to take your knowledge and expertise in Area Studies into a postgraduate research degree, Portsmouth is the perfect place to fulfil your ambitions.

Our research in Area Studies is exploring the fields of international relations, history, politics, economies, cultures, languages and geography across specific regions – and when you study for a postgraduate research degree with us, you'll have the chance to make your own contribution to the vital work we're doing.

From exploring the history of the American civil rights movement, investigating Europe's relationship with Russia, or seeking to understand the causes of conflict in West Africa, our research is helping us make sense of our increasingly connected – but fragmented – world.

Our research is breaking down barriers of poverty, disease, and civil turmoil caused by natural disasters and conflict – by investigating how aid workers, charities and non-government organisations (NGOs) can most effectively work within the cultures and communities of developing nations, and by understanding how gender, ethnicity or religion impacts the lives of people around the world.

In the the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 68% of our research was rated 'world leading' (25%) or 'internationally excellent' (43%), placing the University in the top 10 institutions nationally for research impact.

Research degrees

Find out about our PhD, MPhil and PhD by Publication opportunities in Area Studies below, including how to apply, entry requirements and funding your degree. For more detailed information about the application process, visit our How to Apply pages.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMPhil, PhDHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study1 - 6 year
    Course startsOctober, February, AprilDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

https://www.port.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/funding-your-research-degree

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a PhD or MPhil include a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications may be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

If English is not your first language, you'll need English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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