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Politics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 30 Politics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Politics will enable you to conduct research that will make a unique contribution to the field of Politics. You could be researching the formation of political identities, the relationship between governments and citizens, or the role of the state and non-state actors in political change.

What's it like to study a PhD in Politics?

You'll be working on your own research project under the guidance of an expert supervisor to submit an orginal thesis by the end of your programme.

Possible research areas include:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Terrorism
  • Security
  • Political theory
  • Political identity
  • Globalisation

You may also be part of a wider department with specialist research centres.

A PhD in Politics will last for between three and four years (or eight years part time).

Entry requirements for a PhD in Politics

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD in Politics is usually an undergraduate degree and Masters in a relevant subject.

PhD in Politics funding options

Some UK PhDs in Politics have funding attached, meaning you'll automatically be awarded tuition fee coverage, a living cost stipend, and a research grant if you're accepted onto a project.

Some students will self-fund their PhD in Politics. You could self-fund by combining the UK Government's doctoral loan with additional sources of funding such as support from your university, charity or trust level (if applicable), or part-time work.

PhD in Politics careers

You can expect careers in the political sector to be very competitive, with most options requiring a PhD. You may choose to continue your research career, but many holders of a PhD in Politics go on to work in government, local and national administrations, international relations and diplomacy, forensics, and law.

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Governing Housing Retrofit: The Role of Social Intermediaries

This exciting interdisciplinary project focuses on the relationships between people, places, public policy, and the environment. It will be jointly supervised by colleagues from Geography (Stefan Bouzarovski), Politics (Paul Tobin), and Sociology (Faye Wade). Read more

Governing Housing Retrofit: The Role of Social Intermediaries

This exciting interdisciplinary project focuses on the relationships between people, places, public policy, and the environment. It will be jointly supervised by colleagues from Geography (Stefan Bouzarovski), Politics (Paul Tobin), and Sociology (Faye Wade). Read more

PhD programme in Britain and Europe

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The studentship will start on January 2024. The successful applicant will be part of a lively and active community of PhD students and academic staff. Read more

School of Social & Political Sciences PhD Scholarships

The University of Glasgow, founded in 1451, is one of Scotland’s ancient universities and the 4th oldest university in the English-speaking world. Read more

Scotland’s diaspora – was there social justice for the ‘failed’ immigrant in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries?

The creation of clubs and societies organised around ethnicity characterised the Scottish diasporic experience, both for those who received alms and for those who sought a means through which to meet and socialise with other Scots. Read more

Evaluating the Just Transition to effect policy change

It is an undeniable fact that the world faces environmental and climate crises of epic proportions. What is also clear to see is the social and political impacts of these crises across states and societies. Read more
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The politicising of ESOL learners: An ethnography of language, migration, and politics in the classroom (VC24028)

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is seeking to attract a PhD candidate of outstanding ability and commitment to join its vibrant and growing programme of internationally excellent research. Read more

Structured PhD in Child and Youth Research

The PhD in Child and Youth Research is a four-year full-time or six-year part-time interdisciplinary structured PhD programme. Read more

Postgraduate Research Opportunities in Global Development, Politics and International Relations & Security

About the School of Politics and International Studies. The School of Politics and International Studies is at the forefront of interdisciplinary research into international development, international relations and political studies. 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

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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