I get a lot of support from my supervisors. They are just amazing.
The Department of Politics is a thriving space for research and public engagement on a range of political areas. We focus most of our research activity through our research centres: the Centre for Research on the European Matrix (CRonEM) and the Centre for International Intervention (Cii).
With colleagues working across political and international relations topics, and an open and collegiate environment, we encourage and support innovative thinking and activities, with postgraduate researchers playing an important role in this.
This includes opportunities for researcher training, discussion and presentation of work and regular external speakers, as well as participation in the events organised within the Faculty and University. Our doctoral programme promotes high-quality research in politics, international relations and policy studies.
At present we have about 15 doctoral students working on a wide range of issues.
We welcome applications from students who would like to conduct research (leading to an MPhil or PhD degree) in any of our areas of expertise.
However, we are also interested in hearing about other areas in which you would like to conduct research, if they are broadly in line with the School’s areas of research.
Key research areas include:
Research students within the Department are well supported; in addition to regular supervision sessions with supervisors, all students are able to take advantage of training opportunities at University and Faculty level.
We also have a dedicated room for all research students with good ICT facilities.
The Department of Politics also offers Faculty-funded studentships.
Faculty studentships are available for top-quality students, covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and maintenance at current research-council rates for full-time or part-time study.
The Asako Okukubo Prize is awarded each year to a student who has completed a research degree programme within the Department of Politics and who has produced a doctoral thesis of ‘excellence’.