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Research degrees
Research areas
Politics and international studies
Political ideas

Political ideas

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
PhD
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October January to April
Qualifications
PhD (MPhil also available)
Duration
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

Politics and International Studies (POLIS) researchers focus on political theory and ideologies, including critical, post-structuralist and normative theory; theories of citizenship; agonistic politics; international relations theory; and research on the ideas and actions of social movements and environmental justice campaigns. In terms of political concepts, POLIS staff can supervise students working on citizenship, justice, rights, duties, governance, power, community, ecology, and democracy, to name a few.

We also encourage research in continental political philosophy and the intellectual history of political thought. We supervise on a range of political ideologies including transnational discourses and movements (cultural, ecological, gender, human rights, labour and emergent political subject positions), as well as conservative, liberal, labour and utopian discourses in the UK – especially those drawing on empirical cases, institutional practices and lived experience.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,500 per year Full time: £11,426 per year
Part time: £2,250 per year Part time: £5,715 per year

Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, and to see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, visit Fees and studentships.

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If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Filippo Boni – Postgraduate Coordinator
Email: FASS-Polis-PG-Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)1908 654534/654435

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