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Department of Politics and International Relations research department; discover how to get on board

  Department of Politics

About the Programme

The University is rated in the top 100 by the QS World University Rankings, priding itself on research-led critical thinking that aims to make an impact in the world. With our academics producing world class and internationally recognised research, The University of Sheffield has developed a reputation for research quality. Central to this is our large body of postgraduate research students, over 2000 across our departments and over 600 in the Faculty of Social Sciences. By supporting and engaging with our postgraduate research community, we encourage a friendly, productive and inclusive atmosphere.

As part of The Faculty of Social Sciences, the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC@Sheffield) offers research training to support postgraduate research students at all stages of their work. Opportunities to access training at the University of Leeds and the University of York are also available as part of the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (WRDTC) provision. The DTC facilitates networking between students and provides training in generic, advanced and transferable skills. There is a vibrant and expansive research community which produces doctoral graduates with outstanding skills and flexibility.

Department of Politics and International Relations
Defined by a dynamic and extensive research culture, the Department of Politics is regarded as a world leading institute within the discipline. Having achieved outstanding results in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, placing second overall for research impact, the department has developed a reputation for research excellence. With a host of academic staff, researching a variety of topics, the department is able to offer expert supervision across a broad spectrum of specialisms.

Engaged in research that is civic and impact driven, the department is keen to attract research proposals from those with innovative ideas in a range of areas. Some of the key strengths of the department include; International relations, comparative and international political economy, governance and policy, British politics, political theory, development and democratisation (including in Latin America, Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia), European politics and the European Union, and political sociology. All of this is underpinned by a comprehensive range of methodologies and approaches to the areas of study, resulting in a wide remit of supervision expertise.
The Department offers a vibrant and friendly Graduate School that encourages collaboration of ideas and provides the opportunity to share and present on research findings. The department is also home to a series of widely respected research centres, as well as having strong links with other established research centres across the region.

The department is very successful in securing scholarships, receiving funding from the University of Sheffield, the ESRC and the AHRC. These scholarships are popular, and subject to availability.

Please visit the website for further details and information on applying, as well as a complete list of academics available to supervise your research, alongside an in depth list of research topics: www.sheffield.ac.uk/politics/phd

Funding Notes

White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships 2021/22:

Nominations are now open for White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) Studentships commencing in October 2021. If you are interested in studying for a PhD in Politics and International Relations, you are eligible for nomination by your supervisor to the WRDTP Studentships.
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How good is research at University of Sheffield in Politics and International Studies?

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