Providing general research training, this course is ideal if you are looking to pursue a PhD or a career that requires research skills.
You will submit a dissertation and undertake taught and generic research training modules. The programme is designed to be flexible, enabling to you conduct a 25,000 word research-based dissertation on a subject of your choice and choose 60 credits of postgraduate level modules in areas related to your research topic.
You can combine this work with specialist training from a wide range of options within the school and across the University, such as international relations, diplomacy, security studies, Asia-Pacific studies, British politics, European integration, comparative politics, political theory, and generic research methods training.
Politics and international relations research areas include:
- Asia and Pacific studies
- British politics
- China's governance and politics
- comparative politics
- conflict, security and terrorism
- international relations
- political ideologies
- political theory
- social and global justice
- social science research methodology
How to apply
Applicants wishing to apply for a research degree should send a:
- completed application form together with the required documentation (including two academic references)
- supporting statement
- 2,000 word project proposal
Application can be made using the online application portal.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to make contact with possible supervisors prior to their application. You should look at the areas of supervision offered by staff in the school to identify who they may be. If you do not indicate a possible supervisor in your application, this may well affect its success.
Once an application has been received, applicants who are not already known personally to the potential supervisor, will be contacted for a short interview to discuss the intended topic of your research. This interview can take the form of face to face interview, via Skype or over the telephone. The Postgraduate Research Tutor will then make a decision on offering a place of study in the school.
- Committed to excellence in teaching, having won 13 Higher Education Academy awards
- Expert academics who contribute to public debate through national and international media, including appearing on BBC TV, BBC Radio 4, the BBC World Service and in such publications as The Guardian, The New York Times and Le Monde