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PhD opportunities in Law, Politics and History at Brunel University London

  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

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Qualification type: MPhil / PhD
Location: Uxbridge, London
Mode of study: Full-time and Part-time

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Life as a research student at Brunel University London

Research strenghts

Brunel Law School has a long-established reputation as a research-led law school. Excellence in research matters to us and we actively promote research activities. We encourage our PhD students to participate in all relevant research activities, particularly presenting papers on their new research findings. We are particularly committed in assisting the development of high quality early career researchers for the legal academy and for the profession. We are an intellectually dynamic and diverse community of scholars who share a clear commitment to broad-based legal research. Together, we have created a strong international research environment. Our research reaches from the local to the global, addressing important challenges in domestic law as well as universal legal, economic, and social issues.

Politics and History at Brunel has established a substantial body of cutting-edge research across both subject areas. We have a superb research record with 64% rated as being World Leading or Internationally Excellent in REF2014, placing us 12th in the UK for REF Intensity. Internationally we are in the QS ranking top 150 for Politics & International Studies.Six broad themes provide the foundation on which much of this research can be categorized. 

  • Modern and Contemporary History, with special focus on the rise and fall of empires, regimes, nations and states
  • The political structures and processes of advanced capitalist states, especially Britain, the US, Asia, countries within the EU, and the EU itself
  • The history of political thought, with special interest in theories of violence and revolution
  • Intelligence and Security Studies, with a key focus on the institutions and processes of intelligence gathering
  • War and Conflict, including military history from the ancient to the modern period, counterinsurgency, peace-building, and border conflict
  • International relations, including specialisms in the modern Middle East and the politics of intervention

The impact of our research is achieved through extensive networks involving other researchers and scholars, engagement with civil society actors and advice to the policy-making community. Members of staff also serve on the councils of scholarly bodies and act as panel members for a range of funding bodies, including the ESRC, AHRC, British Academy and Royal Historical Society.

Working across disciplines is a central part of our research strategy and helps us to produce innovative and outstanding research. Our research centres include:

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Funding Notes

We offer a range of PhD studentships, partial scholarships, and academic prizes, to help with your research fees. Find out more here: View Website

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How good is research at Brunel University London in Politics and International Studies?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 23.80

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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