PhD programmes

Our PhD programmes allow students to explore an area of academic interest in substantial detail. Programmes are undertaken over three years, with progression points at the end of year one and year two. Throughout this time your supervisor(s) will guide you through the process of clarifying and completing your doctoral thesis. In addition, during the first year a range of subject-specific research training modules are available to support students through the exploratory phase.


Our expertise spans the discipline of Politics - from early modern political thought to contemporary international security, from post-conflict development to global financial governance and from the politics of gender to the politics of the environment. Our strength lies in the way we bring these diverse research interests to bear in our teaching.

Research in the department takes place within four clusters:

Members of staff participate actively in interdisciplinary research. Examples include:

We endeavour to strengthen and cultivate our engagement and collaboration with the public, government and policy-makers, and the third sector to enhance social and cultural capital through making available the results of original research, sharing expertise and knowledge and promoting civic and public debate. Our research brings theoretical insight to bear upon urgent practical problems.

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Find out more about some of our current students here.

You can apply for our PhD programmes using the online application system. If you have not already done so, please read the application guidance.

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