School of Politics and International Relations

Postgraduate Research Degrees

Postgraduate Research Degrees

Undertaking a research degree allows you the freedom to study a topic of interest in-depth, with the help of two academic supervisors. The school's vibrant international environment provides an ideal home for research.

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 form for presenting work in progress and advancing research.

As part of the postgraduate research programme students are required to undergo methodological training. This takes the form of a Professional Development module, together with modules offered by the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, or the school's own methods modules, and courses offered by the University's Graduate School.

Research degree opportunities

View our course entry pages on the University prospectus:

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is a unique facility that focuses on postgraduate education and represent the needs of postgraduate students within the University. It provides a world-class research training and development environment for postgraduates and early career researchers.

Visit the postgraduate prospectus to apply

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Politics PG Brochure

Download the politics and international relations postgraduate study brochure

You can also download the brochure in Mandarin


Postgraduate students can take advantage of our accommodation guarantee which guarantees you a room in self-catered University-arranged accommodation for your first year, providing you meet our criteria.

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School of Politics and International Relations

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