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Politics & Government PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 126 Politics & Government PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

Embarking on a PhD in Politics and Government immerses candidates in the in-depth study and analysis of political systems, processes, theories, and the practical aspects of governance. These advanced degrees offer students the opportunity to explore the complexities of power, democracy, policy-making, and international relations, among other areas.

Through PhDs in Politics and Government, candidates engage in rigorous research aimed at understanding how political decisions influence societies, the dynamics of political institutions, and the interplay between governments and citizens. This path is not solely an academic pursuit; it’s a journey into the heart of political thought and action, contributing to the development of a more informed and equitable world.

Why complete a PhD in Politics and Government?

A PhD in Politics and Government provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to the critical discourse on governance, policy, and political behaviour. These programmes enable candidates to delve into political theories, conduct empirical research, and examine the impact of political systems in various contexts.

Through their research, doctoral candidates can offer fresh insights into the mechanisms of power and governance, contributing to the formulation of more effective policies and the enhancement of democratic practices. The advanced analytical, research, and writing skills developed through these degrees empower students to articulate complex political phenomena, making a significant contribution to both academic knowledge and practical political applications.

In terms of employment, earning a PhD in Politics and Government opens up a diverse array of career opportunities. Graduates are highly sought after in academia, where they can influence the next generation of political scientists through teaching and research. Beyond the university, PhD holders find valuable roles in government, international organisations, think tanks, and non-governmental organisations, where they apply their expertise to policy analysis, development, and advocacy.

The ability to critically assess and influence political processes is also invaluable in the private sector, especially in roles related to public affairs, lobbying, and political consultancy. The comprehensive understanding of political systems and the ability to conduct sophisticated research equip graduates to address some of the most pressing challenges facing societies today, making a tangible impact on the world of politics and government.

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Advancing public service design in the age of digitalisation: Can public service ecosystems manage digital decarbonisation under austerity?

As governments worldwide accelerate the adoption of digital technologies to enhance service delivery (eg service automation, smart cities, connected infrastructure etc), understanding the environmental consequences becomes paramount. Read more

No Recourse to Public Funds and food insecurity in the United Kingdom: Lived experience and human rights perspectives

The University of Aberdeen is an internationally recognised centre for excellence for research addressing the global challenges of energy transition, environment and biodiversity, social inclusion and cultural diversity, health, nutrition and wellbeing, and data and artificial intelligence. Read more

Ensuring a social license to operate for the use of RNA based bio pesticides for agriculture

The Australia Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) Research Hub for Sustainable Crop Protection is taking on the global challenge of transforming crop protection technology by delivering non-GM, non- toxic RNAi based fungicides for specific fungal diseases of crops. Read more

Recovering resources from wastewater: Supporting End-of-Waste strategies

REFERENCE NUMBER. Please refer to SCEBE-24-Henderson in your application. BACKGROUND. Investment in the circular economy has grown rapidly in the past decade as governments and industry recognise the importance of recycling resources to ensure planetary health (Kirchherr et al., 2017). Read more

PhD Security and Intelligence Studies

BUCSIS has a vibrant programme of active research currently being undertaken in a range of security and intelligence issues, involving both the UK and overseas. Read more

PhD International Studies

We will consider applications in all areas of International Studies (Political Theory; Political Science; International Relations), but particularly welcome applicants interested in areas that reflect the research interests of academic staff. Read more

Constitutional reform and the case for and against codification

The idea that the United Kingdom’s constitution is under strain is not new, nor is the belief that the accepted norms of the constitution, which are central to the effective operation of our political system in the United Kingdom, are being disregarded by the executive. Read more

Nationalism, populist politics and sport migrations: heroes or villains?

Right-wing populist political voices, movements and values have been on the rise. Europe has been witnessing tendencies that are frequently associated with identity politics, ethno-nationalism, racism, sexism, anti-elitism and a general sense of ‘them vs. Read more

UCL SECReT: The International Training Centre for Security and Crime Research Degrees

UCL's Security Science Doctoral Research Training Centre (UCL SECReT) was founded in 2009 with support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESRC) and an array of public and private sector organisations working in crime reduction security and law enforcement. Read more

Comparative European Political Behaviour, Campaigning and Elections

The project will explore historical trends and cross-national comparison of public opinion in European countries (Eastern and Western, EU-members and members from the closer EU neighbourhood), topics can range from attitudes towards economic, immigration, climate or civil rights policies as well as institutional preferences and democratic norms. Read more

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