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
- Ranked in the UK top 15 for research power in the latest Research Excellence Framework
- Top 100 worldwide for politics and international relations in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
- 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 such publications as The Independent, The LA Times and Le Monde
In addition to IT facilities provided by the University, the school offers all full-time postgraduate research students their own workspace in a dedicated room. You will be provided with a computer, printing and photocopying facilities, and a generous printing/photocopying allowance.
The Hallward Library stocks a large number of politics and international relations related publications and journals. Our library facilities open long hours and include areas for group work, individual and silent study.
Representing the needs of postgraduate students across the University, the Graduate School provides research training and development for postgraduates and early career researchers.
You will have access to a dedicated space on University Park, which includes computer stations, Wi-Fi, study and social areas, and kitchen facilities.
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. Organised by students and facilitated by the Director of Postgraduate Research, it acts as a supportive forum for presenting your work, testing your arguments, ideas, and approaches, and developing your research design.
We offer research seminars for staff and postgraduate research students through our research centers and institutes. Each center runs a full programme of workshops, reading groups, talks, and conferences.
Second and third-year research students can apply to build their paid teaching experience by delivering undergraduate tutorials. Training courses on teaching methods are on offer and teaching is subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed.
Student Services provide a range of support and information to enhance your student experience. They are part of a comprehensive network of University services that includes academic and disability support, counseling, financial support and childcare services.
The International Office ensures EU and international students have all the information they need to live and study at Nottingham. It offers a welcome programme just before the start of the academic year.
Centre for English Language Education
Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, the University's Centre for English Language Education provides high-quality preparation and English language support, as well as a social programme for its students.
The Students' Union is an important source of support with their own Student Advice Centre and dedicated postgraduate officer.
Researcher Development Programme
Working closely with academic schools, the Graduate School's dedicated training team contribute to faculty-specific and doctoral training programmes. They deliver core training in line with the standards set out by the UK's major research funders through their researcher development programme.
As well as helping you to develop your research skills, this offers you opportunities to enhance your communication skills, career prospects, time management, and entrepreneurship, as well as meet and work alongside researchers from other disciplines.
Find a supervisor
You will be assigned two supervisors appropriate to your field. Please make sure that we have a supervisor who shares an interest in your proposed area of research before applying. Details of research supervisors at the University can also be found on our research A to Z.
The school offers supervision in most subject areas within international relations and security, British and comparative politics, and political theory.
Career destinations for our graduates include economists, management consultants, researchers, statisticians and university lecturers. Companies and organizations our graduates have gone to work for include Channel 4, the European Union, GCHQ, Reuters and the Thailand National Police Department.
Employability and average starting salary
90% of postgraduates from the School of Politics and International Relations who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,429 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £29,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career and professional development
Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.
The University's award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities, and one-to-one discussions.
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)
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Last updated November 1, 2018