Offering supervision in most subject areas, the School of Politics and International Relations is a thriving and dynamic center for PhD study.

A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of supervised research, verbal examination, and final thesis.

We encourage our students to play an active role in the school's research centers and institutes as well as the activities of the school as a whole.

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

Politics and international relations research areas include:

  • Asia and Pacific studies
  • British politics and Brexit
  • China's governance and politics
  • Conflict, security, and terrorism
  • International relations
  • Political ideologies
  • Political theory
  • Social and global justice
  • Social science research methodology

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Find a supervisor

You will be assigned two supervisors You must ensure that we have at least one supervisor who has expertise in your proposed area of research before applying and name that person in your application. Failure to do so will result in your proposal being rejected. Details of research supervisors at the University can also be found on our research A to Z. Ideally you should contact your proposed supervisor before applying.

The school offers supervision in most subject areas within international relations and security, British and comparative politics, and political theory.

Entry requirements

Masters (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline, with an average of 60% or above

English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in each element)


Career destinations for our graduates include economists, management consultants, researchers, statisticians and university lecturers. Companies and organisations our graduates have gone to work for include Channel 4, the European Union, GCHQ, Reuters and the Thailand National Police Department.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated February 12, 2019
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