The Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) at the University of Westminster is pleased to offer Studentships for prospective PhD students starting in September 2020.

Located in the heart of London and based within the School of Social Sciences, CSD has an active research culture to which our well-established doctoral research programme makes a vital contribution.

The Centre for the Study of Democracy incorporates well-established research programmes in politics and international relations, sociology and criminology. Research in the School across these fields has an international reputation for excellence, as was confirmed by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

For more information about CSD please visit the Centre for the Study of Democracy page.

About the studentship

Applications are invited for the following awards, which are tenable for up to three years for full-time study*:

Two fee waivers** (Home/EU rate) currently £17,009 stipend per year for three years (linked to UKRI rates, London weighting included).

We are looking for high-quality prospective doctoral students who will contribute to at least one of the core areas of research within the School listed below. We recommend you discuss your proposal with potential supervisors before submitting. Interdisciplinary applications are particularly welcome. Preference will be given to candidates whose proposal complements existing research activities in CSD.

  • Contemporary democratic theory and practice
  • Critical international theory
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Governance, complexity, resilience
  • Post-colonial politics, development and emerging powers
  • Security, violence and justice
  • Social and cultural lives

* Minimum full-time enrolment before submission is 33 months. ** Fee waivers are in place for the three-year studentship. Following that there is a six month no fee period for writing up. Should a researcher not have submitted by the end of the no fee period then a £1500 fee is applicable. 

Entry requirements 

Candidates should normally have a minimum classification of 2.1 in their Bachelor Degree or equivalent and preferably a Master's degree.

Applicants whose secondary level education has not been conducted in the medium of English should also demonstrate evidence of appropriate English language proficiency normally defined as IELTS: 6.5 (overall score with not less than 6.0 in any of the individual elements).

Read more about our entry requirements for research degrees.

Please note that while overseas fee-paying students may apply, the fee waived would be at the home/EU rate and successful applicants will need to pay the difference in the tuition fee if assessed as overseas.

How to apply

Read more about The School of Social Sciences.

Please follow these links to apply for the programme most appropriate to your research, please note that the programme appears as MPhil on UCAS, however, there is an option on the form to request PhD via MPhil, which is the standard route:

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 13 March 2020. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 26 May 2020. The Studentship title is "CSD Research Studentship".


For academic enquiries about a MPhil/PhD in Politics, please email , and for for academic enquiries about a MPhil/PhD in Sociology or Criminology, please email .