Graduates enter the Department through two well-established training routes, either on a one-year MSc programme (1+3.5) or on a two-year MPhil programme in Politics (2+2.5):
Students then progress to study at doctoral level. Students with an appropriate Masters degree that meets the ESRC’s 2022 Training Guidelines can enter directly onto the DPhil programme (+3.5):
Previous and current ESRC-funded students have been involved in a variety of knowledge exchange activities, including consultancy work for Oxford Analytica, preparing policy briefings for the Cabinet Office, and working for international NGOs and blogs such as Presidential Power. Many take up opportunities to write policy reports or carry out short consultancies.
Doctoral students edit the influential blog (OxPol) which publishes short articles written by faculty and graduate students, gaining valuable journal management, editorial and organisational skills.