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Political, Social and International Studies at UEA

  Faculty of Arts and Humanities

About the Programme

With expert supervision, a supportive research environment, high levels of student satisfaction and high-quality research training, we welcome applications from well-qualified candidates to our MPhil/PhD programmes and our Master's by Research. 

We supervise topics ranging across political science and international relations. 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, theorizing global cities and infrastructure, and global political economy 
  • Policy, Institutions and Theory: this includes political activism and citizens, legislative politics, voting behaviour, applied ethics, the EU administration, the EU and its member states, electoral management and administration, fundamental rights and their protection, governance, competition policy and regulation, environmental policy, media and cultural policy, policy appraisal and change, and political leadership 
  • Cultural Politics, Communications and Media: this includes cultural politics, media culture and identity, media events and rituals, media and globalisation, communications and media industries, public service broadcasting, copyright in the creative industries, digital cultures, digital activism, political communication, international communication, language and politics, interculturalism, and contemporary cultural and political theory. 

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 UEA Centre for Competition Policy. These relationships enable us to supervise students wishing to write their theses on areas with cross-disciplinary boundaries. 

UEA is a member of two prestigious Doctoral Training Partnerships: The South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council) and the CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council). These memberships give UEA students privileged access to a range of training opportunities, resources and funding opportunities, both at UEA and across the consortium's other institutions. 

Funding and Scholarships 

Membership of the Doctoral Training Partnerships means that UEA students are eligible to apply for SeNSS and CHASE scholarships, in addition to studentships offered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UEA. 

Academic, Personal and Professional Development 

Research students also benefit from an extensive range of opportunities as members of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Graduate School, which offers a wide-range of training opportunities and grants tailored to your own personal and professional development needs. 

As a member of the Graduate School, research students benefit from dedicated study centres, social areas, and a range of other resources and services, in addition to access to UEA's library. 

Research students can also take advantage of the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communications expertise in modern languages, as well as the extensive careers advice and support offered by Careers Central


A number of funded and self-funded PhD projects are offered throughout the academic year. Further projects will be advertised in due course. 

We welcome applications from students with their own funding all year - please enquire for further information. 

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.

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