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Chong Su Kim (right) researched democratisation and social movements in South Korea and Taiwan. He received his PhD on the same day his daughter Chorong Kim (left) earned her MA from Germanic and Slavic Studies. (Photo: Jake Sherman)

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Originally from Iran, PhD candidate Mehdi Hashemi says he appreciates the welcoming and diverse environment he found at UVic. His research looks at Islamic movements and foreign fighter recruitment.

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Jesse Gordon (MA) and Jessica Percy-Campbell (PhD) study the impact of big data surveillance on security with Dr. Collin Bennett and the Surveillance Studies Centre.

Graduate studies in political science

Our graduate students' research addresses important local and global hot-button issues. We focus on topics like:

Our proximity to the BC Legislature and strong links with municipal government make UVic the school of choice for those passionate about political science.

Graduate student alumni profile

Didier Zuniga completed his PhD in Political Science in 2020 and specialized in political theory. He has recently published a book, Pluralist Politics, Relational Worlds, and has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. Read an interview with Didier.

Finding a supervisor

Review our faculty, their research and the Faces of UVic Research Political Science videos on YouTube — these are a great way to discover what our faculty are studying and may help you choose a supervisor who fits your interests.

Application deadlines:

Canadian applicants: January 15
International applicants: January 15

More info:

Dr. Feng Xu, Grad Advisor: or 250-472-4263
Ms. Rachel Richmond, Grad Secretary: or 250-721-7486

Interested in joining us but have questions? We're happy to help out:

Rachel Richmond
Graduate Secretary
Department of Political Science

See How to apply for admission instructions and FAQs.

The graduate timetable is available on the Courses page.

The Graduate Politics Student group (GPS) seeks to promote and represent graduate students in the Department of Political Science at UVic. GPS provides a forum for discussion of challenges and opportunities of concern to graduate political science students, and promotes the work of graduate political science students through lectures, workshops and publications.

Peninsula: A Journal of Relational Politics is an online graduate student journal of political theory open to a broad range of methodological, philosophical, and disciplinary perspectives. Our area of focus is politics; our approach is critical; and our perspective is relational.