PhD in Global Studies
Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time
The CISD welcomes applications from prospective MPhil/PhD students wishing to undertake multi-disciplinary research in areas of global studies that relate to the research interests of Centre members and the Centre’s research programmes. The specific focus of this research programme is twofold: thematically, the programme addresses the analysis of contemporary globalization processes and of the political, economic, social and cultural relationships and structures that define and shape these processes. Rather than, for example, the study of inter-state or inter-nation relations and agreements that is the traditional domain of International Studies, the core focus of this programme is on the study of the nature and evolution of contemporary globalization itself and on globally shared issues, from a theoretical as well as a policy perspective. Methodologically, the programme promotes the multi-disciplinary analysis of contemporary globalization processes. Research topics and projects will analyse the role of, and interchanges between, people, institutions, organisations and states in shaping globalisation dynamics through the prism of (at least) two of the following academic disciplines: International Studies and Politics, Law, Economics, Management Studies, Development Studies, History, Media and Communication Studies.
Student support is at the heart of CISD’s activities. Research Degree students are fully supported by their primary and secondary supervisors and the Centre’s Research Tutor, currently Centre Director Dr. Dan Plesch. Students are encouraged to attend and present at the Centre’s research seminars.
The first year of the programme involves research training seminars and advanced courses. At the same time, students work with their lead supervisor, in consultation with the adjunct supervisor, to develop a detailed research proposal, undertake the first stages of research and write some draft sections to outline the main arguments of the thesis. At the heart of the training is the research methods training programme. It is designed to provide the analytical tools required by students for gaining an advanced understanding of recent developments in the lead disciplines central to their research project and in the specific challenges and opportunities posed by their engagement with research into emerging global structures, processes and issues and for carrying out high-level research. Students on the PhD programme may also attend individual courses from MA/MSc Programmes to strengthen competence in a specific subject. By the end of the third academic term, students are expected to have completed their upgrade chapter.
In their second-year full-time students carry out detailed research which usually includes gathering and processing data. Some research for this purpose may be carried out overseas if required. During the year students write draft chapters of their thesis and discuss them with their lead supervisor and, where appropriate, also discuss specific aspects of their research with their adjunct supervisor.
Full-time students for the PhD would complete their research and write a final draft or near-final draft of their thesis.
Any work at this stage normally involves redrafting chapters of the thesis to achieve the standards of publications. The examination must normally be completed in this year. The examination is by assessment of the thesis and an oral examination (viva voce) concerning the thesis and the research upon which it is based.