MPhil/PhD European Politics

Duration MPhil: Full time 2-3 years; Part time 4-5 years
PhD: Full time 3-4 years; Part time 6-7 years
  • European Politics
LocationCornwall (Penryn), Exeter (Streatham)
Start date September or January


The Centre for European Governance is a university-recognised research centre and a Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence. We currently host a Jean Monnet chair in Political Economy of the European Union. The Centre  has a collaborative and research-led approach to studying European Governance and is internationally renowned for interdisciplinary research and postgraduate specialised training. We have a portfolio of research funded by the ESRC, the ERC and other national and international funding bodies. 

The Centre provides advanced specialist training and doctoral-level supervision in the areas of EU politics and public policy, risk and regulation, public opinion, constitutional politics, political theory  and the political economy of European integration. It has facilities for the supervision of MPhil and PhD Degrees by thesis, and applications from suitably qualified students are welcomed. Depending on skills and qualifications, our doctoral students are also involved in applied projects. In the last few years we worked with the World Bank, the European Commission, the OECD, the Dutch and Swiss governments in the field of regulation. 

In the last three years, our doctoral students received Centre’s financial support for their fieldwork and training in addition to the support provided by the department.

The Centre is based within Politics at the University of Exeter - you can follow their activities via The Centre for European Governance Facebook Page.

If you are interested in studying a research degree with the Centre, please contact us to help you match your research interests to an appropriate supervisor.

Entry requirements 2018

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 Centre'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

IELTS (Academic)

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.

Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency

Overall score 185 with a minimum score of 176 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 169.

Pre-sessional English

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 2018/19

  • UK/EU: £4,400 full-time; £2,200 part-time
  • International: £16,400 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.

Funding opportunities

Find out about current funding opportunities for our Politics research programmes.

Fee information

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.

Contact us

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
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