Research in the department takes place within four clusters:
Members of staff participate actively in interdisciplinary research. Examples include:
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.
Contact our Graduate Office
+44 (0)1904 323542
The Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of York is at the heart of current thinking, research and debate, and home to a prestigious, lively and international community. Our students and academics are internationally recognized as being at the forefront of research. Our staff are committed to both research of the highest standards and to applying their knowledge to real-world problems. They advise governments and international organisations on a wide range of issues, and regularly contribute to the news media and current affairs programmes throughout the world. Current concentrations of research expertise include the history of political thought, contemporary political theory, comparative politics, public policy, peacebuilding, global development, international security, human rights, international political economy, environmental and gender politics. We welcome PhD applications in any of these areas.
The focus of your work will be an independent research project. We provide training which will equip you with skills in a wide range of research skills, including qualitative and quantitative research methods, to support your growing expertise. The PhD requires a dissertation of 70,000- 80,000 words or (for the 'thesis by papers' doctorate) a series of papers making an original contribution to your thesis topic.
Postgraduate research provides opportunities to develop your academic, creative and practical skills. You'll work independently in a supportive academic environment where scholarship and creativity go hand-in-hand.