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Political, Social and International Studies at UEA

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Profile Description

Our Political, Social and International Studies courses offer students a broad range of options and opportunities – from politics to international relations, media and popular culture to public policy and management, and beyond.

We scored 94 per cent course satisfaction for Politics (2017 Guardian University Guide).

70 per cent of research in Politics and International Relations was rated 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent) according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a major Government analysis of university research quality.

Our students benefit from an excellent research programme, regular guest speaker seminars and a range of exciting internship opportunities to build experience and employability.

Discover why our students are some of the most satisfied in the UK – and what you could get from your time with us

Research Expertise

The politics and international relations department within the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communications Studies at the University of East Anglia (UEA) is pleased to invite postgraduate research applications.

We particularly encourage students whose research interests will complement or extend our expertise in three general areas:

Critical Global Politics: this includes foreign policy, global media, regional governance, borders, politics and religion, international security, international law, human rights and migration, theorizing global cities and global political economy.

• Politics and Public Policy: this includes the politics of the EU, theories of the policy process, normative and critical political theory, British political issues and ideologies, environmental policy, international aviation, EU as an external actor, competition policy and regulation.

• Cultural Politics, Communications and Media, including Political Theory: this includes cultural politics, media culture and identity, media events and rituals, media and globalisation, communications and media, public service broadcasting, competition policy and regulation, copyright and new business models in the creative industries, new media and society, political communication, international communication, language and politics, interculturalism, contemporary cultural theory, and political theory.

Department of Politics

We have strong links with UEA staff from other Schools in the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences (including History, Art, Media & American Studies, Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, International Development), and the School of Economics, Norwich Business School and the Law School through the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy. These relationships enable us to supervise students wishing to write their theses on areas that cross disciplinary boundaries.

In addition to supervision, we offer support for research students including a dedicated Postgraduate research seminar. This gives you the opportunity to present your research, hear feedback and receive advice on various aspects of researching, writing and submitting a PhD thesis.

As one of our research students, you will also be invited to our weekly research seminar addressed by guest speakers, as well as interdisciplinary workshops and conferences.

In addition to Scholarships and Faculty studentships, we can provide financial support to help you join professional associations, attend conferences and undertake research fieldwork.

We welcome applications from home, EU and International students.
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Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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