School of Politics and International Relations

Postgraduate Research Degrees


Undertaking a research degree allows you the freedom to study a topic of interest in-depth.

The school's vibrant international environment provides an ideal home for research and students are encouraged to play an active role in the school's research centres and institutes as well as the activities of the school as a whole.

Our research students are offered excellent facilities and support, including:

  • two supervisors and additional support through membership of one of the school's research centres
  • a dedicated workspace, equipped with a networked computer
  • a generous photocopying and printing allowance
  • the opportunity to apply for funding to attend workshops and conferences

A weekly Research Student Colloquium runs during term-time, and serves to bring the research student community together on a regular basis. Organised by students and facilitated by the Director of Postgraduate Research, it acts as a supportive forum for presenting work in progress and advancing research.

Research degree opportunities

View our course pages on the University prospectus:


How to apply

Once you've found the right research opportunity, please view our step-by-step guide, which will take you through the application process. You can also view our research proposal guidance:

Postgraduate brochure

postgraduate brochure

Download the politics and international relations brochure:

Facilities and support

The Graduate School supports postgraduates, offering a programme of services including training and development, events, small-scale research funding, and dedicated social and study spaces. Experience student life by exploring areas such as accommodation, student services, sport centres, libraries and more.



School of Politics and International Relations

Law and Social Sciences building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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