PhD candidate Mehdi Hashemi
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.

Graduate studies in political science

Our graduate students' research addresses important local and global hot-button issues like Indigenous land claims and treaty rights, minority rights, migration and refugees, privacy and surveillance, democracy, human security, international law and identity politics.

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

In political science, you're taking real issues and problems and turning them around and understanding how to think about them. That is a skill set that is amazingly valuable.
—Jay Schlosar, BA '00, MA '04

PhD program

Pursue in-depth research, challenge yourself to re-think the conventions of the status quo and inspire new perspectives in our PhD program.

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What are our faculty studying?

Faces of UVic Research is a series of "elevator pitch"-style videos. They're a great way to discover what our faculty are researching and may help you choose a supervisor who fits your interests.

See more videos from the Political Science playlist on YouTube.

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

Joanne Denton
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.