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A PhD under supervision from Dr Quinn can focus on the exploration of any theoretical approach to International Relations via its application to empirical case studies. He is particularly interested in Realist (including classical, neoclassical and structural) approaches, but is willing to supervise work involving others.
Dr Quinn is happy to work with strong candidates in developing their research proposal, but they should approach him with a clear initial idea in mind for their area of focus and a draft outline of their proposal already in writing. Please see the link to the Department's Guidelines for PhD Applicants, provided below, for advice on how to present a good research proposal.
For details of the applications process at the Dept of Political Science and International Studies, including deadlines for consideration for funding, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-social-sciences/government-society/polsis/degrees/guidance-phd-applicants.pdf
To find out more about studying for a PhD at the University of Birmingham, including full details of the research undertaken in the School, the funding opportunities available for your subject, and guidance on making your application, you can order a copy of our Doctoral Research Prospectus, at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/drp
Applicants with proposals of the highest quality and strong academic track records may be able to compete for nomination for internal funding competitions. These include Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) scholarships, School of Government & Society bursaries, and one-year University Scholarships. These are highly competitive, and in most cases only suitable for home students. There are also dedicated scholarships for students from Brazil and China, for which nomination may be possible if you make contact sufficiently early in the academic year.
You can also search for sources of funding at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding