Be a Part of World Leading Research
The PhD programme is among the most successful in the world. Students undertaking PhD research are an integral part of the Department’s renowned Research. Their considerable achievements are indicated in several prize winning theses, high quality published work, and success in the job market.
The Department was ranked 7th overall and 5th in terms of world-leading research (with 44% of research submission judged as world-leading and 32% internationally excellent) (REF 2014).
This commitment to research excellence is supported by unparalleled departmental support and the best supervision practices in the field. We have an internationally recognised group of scholars who are experienced in supervising original PhD research falling into several broad areas:
- Foreign and Defence Policy
- The European Union
- European, UK and Welsh Politics
- US Politics and foreign policy
- Russian politics and security policy
- International Relations Theory
- Normative International Theory
- Security and Intelligence Studies
- International History
- Military History
- Cold War History
- Strategic Studies
- Global Development
- Emerging Powers & BRICS
- Global Health
- Migration and Refugees
The Department welcomes PhD research projects that address one or more of these areas or which adopt an inter-disciplinary approach. Equally welcome are projects that challenge the traditional cartography of the discipline by drawing on unorthodox ideas and approaches.
Our students say:
"Doing a PhD in the Department of International Politics means that my academic work is continuously stimulated by invigorating intellectual debates in a personal and supportive environment. I could not have chosen a better department to study for a PhD.” Suzanne Klein Schaarsberg, PhD (2019)