MPhil/PhD Security, Conflict and Human Rights
MPhil: Full time 2-3 years; Part time 4-5 years|
PhD: Full time 3-4 years; Part time 6-7 years
|Location||Cornwall (Penryn), Exeter (Streatham)|
|Start date||September or January|
The Universities of Exeter, Bristol and Bath have created the South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) which draws together the established research excellence of academic and research staff at the three institutions.
The Security, Conflict and Human Rights programme is an interdisciplinary pathway, which recognises that traditional approaches to security studies must now be complemented with new perspectives of issues such as human (in)security more widely, including domestic insecurity and violence, in order to develop better strategies for resolving conflicts and securing social justice. It will train researchers who are equipped with the interdisciplinary skills to impact the research, policy and practice needed to avoid and mitigate security risks.
Both MPhil and PhD research degrees involve an extensive investigation of a particular topic.
For students who have not undertaken comprehensive research training at Masters level, there is a possibility of taking the MRes in Security, Conflict and Human Rights before embarking on your research degree.
You will have access to numerous sessions, activities and resources through the SWDTC such as summer schools and advanced training events.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to engage with events offered within the College of Social Sciences and International Studies. These include the annual Doctoral Student Conference, reading groups and research seminar series within each of our disciplines where speakers include leading academics from around the world.
Further skills development is encouraged through our Researcher Development programme.
Politics is an inclusive department with a diverse and lively student community. Both in Exeter and Cornwall the department offers a welcoming atmosphere where it’s easy to make new friends and where staff and students know each other well.
There is a strong research culture in the department, which is reflected in our regular seminars and workshops and visits from internationally renowned scholars.
You will also be part of the wider College of Social Sciences and International Studies Graduate Research School and will have plenty of opportunity to mix with students and staff from other disciplines and take part in events or hear visiting speakers’ seminars. The Graduate School team also provides a friendly point of contact for any queries you have about the application process, orientation or life within the Institute.
Entry requirements 2017
Our online learning resource 'Considering a UK PhD?' provides lots of helpful advice and information from staff and students about the PhD experience at Exeter.
You may wish to read our general advice for PhD applicants webpages, which give tips on how to put together a successful research degree application.
Applicants for research programmes are also advised to visit the College's webpages to check for specific advice (see further information link). Here you will be able to find out about staff research interests and make preliminary enquiries about supervision. We advise that you do this before applying.
Requirements for international students
If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
English language requirements
Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.
Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.
Other accepted tests
Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.
Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.
Finance: fees and funding
Tuition fees per year 2017/18
- UK/EU: £4,400 full-time; £2,200 part-time
- International: £15,950 full-time
Our Postgraduate Funding webpage provides links to further information. If you are considering a PhD in the future, in addition to University of Exeter funding, we have been successful at securing postgraduate funding for PhD research through our Funded centres.
Find out about current funding opportunities for our Politics research programmes.
Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.
The College of Social Sciences & International Studies has a dedicated Graduate Research School which is committed to supporting its vibrant postgraduate research student community.
The Graduate Research School helps to support both intellectual and social contact between graduates of different disciplines and from different backgrounds and countries. Our team supports both prospective and current postgraduate research students.
Phone: +44(0) 1392 724490