Politics and International Relations MPhil/PhD

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

Politics and International Relations MPhil/PhD

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Politics and International Relations MPhil/PhD

The school offers MPhil and PhD supervision in most subject areas of Politics and International Relations. The doctoral programme is structured around a weekly colloquium. The research interests of school staff fall mainly within the following areas:


The school hosts the University's Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies (IAPS). Four key themes have been identified for concentrated activity: elections, political communication, social movements and security issues.

Europe and European Integration

The work of the Centre for the Study of European Governance (CSEG) focuses on three areas - the institutional design of European security, Representation and Political Parties, and Industrial Relations. Centre research focuses upon core executives, labour markets, political parties and non-governmental organisations. One of the Centre's main aims in the future is to promote further joint projects with European partners.

Democratisation and Regime Transition

Work on transitions to democracy in relation to a range of European and other countries is accompanied by major research on institutional design, state capacity and the policy process, political corruption and the nature of the modern state. Other work, such as peace-keeping, civil society and human rights under circumstances of regime transition is a central theme of this research area. There is also comparative research on 'failed states' children's rights, democratisation and social movements.

Diplomacy and International Security

The school has a popular MA in Diplomacy and a MA in International Security and Terrorism. Several members of staff teach and research in these areas and we welcome research students interested in working in these fields. Particular areas of expertise include Anglo-American relations, diplomatic history, secret intelligence, security relations and the causes of war, peace and neutrality.

Contemporary Political Theory

This group specialises in European and North American contemporary political thought. Topics include work on ecological thought, feminist utopian thought, intentional communities, equal opportunities and social theory and the welfare state. Individual thinkers covered include Agnes Heller, Jacques Lacan and John Rawls.

There is a strong emphasis on the interface with social policy and public administration, with work on citizenship, grass root activists, the New Right, the role of think-tanks and policy advisers in national and international perspective, BSE and bio-risk.

Global Justice and Social Movements

The Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice invites applications for doctoral research in the areas of the global civil society, new forms of democratic participation and the closely related emergence of new social movements and their struggle against neo-liberal globalization.

British Politics

With Philip Cowley, Andrew Denham and Steven Fielding, three leading scholars in British Politics, the School of Politics and International Relations is an ideal place for PhD research in this area. In particular, we encourage projects on British political parties, party leadership elections, MPs at Westminster and public sector reform.


Three years full-time or six years part-time plus one year writing-up full-time or two years writing-up part-time.

Areas of supervision

The School of Politics and International Relations is proud of its wide-ranging expertise to supervise PhD topics covering the three major sub-fields of comparative politics, international relations and political theory.

IT facilities

In addition to the IT facilities provided by the University, the school offers all full-time postgraduate research students registered with the school their own workspace in rooms designated for use by research students. Students are provided with computer, printing and photocopying facilities and are given a generous printing and photocopying allowance.


The school runs a weekly colloquium for postgraduate research students giving students the opportunity to present their work in front of other research students and staff with similar research interests to their own.

Research seminars

The school runs research seminars for staff and postgraduate research students. Postgraduate research students are encouraged to become members of one or more of the school's research centres. The research centres offer a full programme of workshops, reading groups, talks and conferences.

Teaching experience

In view of a possible future career in academia, postgraduate research students are encouraged to undertake some undergraduate teaching in their second and/or third year of postgraduate research. The University's Graduate School runs training sessions related to teaching - students who wish to teach are requested to attend a number of these during their first year of postgraduate research study.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 2, 2015
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This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2016
3 - 6 years
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Start date Aug. 2016
United Kingdom Nottingham, England
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