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PhD students in study space

Our PhD programmes allow students to explore an area of academic interest in substantial detail. The programmes are undertaken over three years, with a progression point at the end of year 1 and year 2. 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 you through the exploratory phase.


Research in the department takes place within four clusters:

Comparative Politics and Public Policy
International Studies
Political Economy
Political Theory

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

the Centre for Applied Human Rights
the Centre for Ecology, Law and Policy
the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
the Research Centre for Social Sciences
the School of Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

PhD students benefit from:

  • Dedicated study space
  • Quality research training
  • Teaching opportunities
  • Financial support for conferences and fieldwork
  • Interdisciplinary events

Find out more about some of our current PhD researchers.

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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Fay Farstad, PhD in Politics

"‌I did my undergraduate degree here, so I knew this was where I wanted to come to do my PhD".‌