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Politics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

We have 29 Politics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

A PhD in Politics will enable you to conduct research that will make a unique contribution to the field of Politics. You could be researching the formation of political identities, the relationship between governments and citizens, or the role of the state and non-state actors in political change.

What's it like to study a PhD in Politics?

You'll be working on your own research project under the guidance of an expert supervisor to submit an orginal thesis by the end of your programme.

Possible research areas include:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Terrorism
  • Security
  • Political theory
  • Political identity
  • Globalisation

You may also be part of a wider department with specialist research centres.

A PhD in Politics will last for between three and four years (or eight years part time).

Entry requirements for a PhD in Politics

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD in Politics is usually an undergraduate degree and Masters in a relevant subject.

PhD in Politics funding options

Some UK PhDs in Politics have funding attached, meaning you'll automatically be awarded tuition fee coverage, a living cost stipend, and a research grant if you're accepted onto a project.

Some students will self-fund their PhD in Politics. You could self-fund by combining the UK Government's doctoral loan with additional sources of funding such as support from your university, charity or trust level (if applicable), or part-time work.

PhD in Politics careers

You can expect careers in the political sector to be very competitive, with most options requiring a PhD. You may choose to continue your research career, but many holders of a PhD in Politics go on to work in government, local and national administrations, international relations and diplomacy, forensics, and law.

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Street-Level Bureaucrats and refugee administration and service provision in the UK.

How the state meets its international obligations to administrate and process claims for asylum1 has been at the forefront of European politics for over a decade. Read more

Postgraduate Research Opportunities in Global Development, Politics and International Relations & Security

The. School of Politics and International Studies. is at the forefront of interdisciplinary research into international development, international relations and political studies. Read more

Inclusivity and the transition to sustainability: Working-class, BAME and other intersectional perspectives on Just Transition

There is increasing recognition that working-class, BAME and other intersectional groups carry a disproportionate burden of environmental harms, yet are often excluded from environmental debates, under-represented in environmental organisations, and negatively impacted by environmental policies (see, e.g., Bell, 2020). Read more

Examining the interaction between macro-level policies and health inequalities

The University of Edinburgh’s Global Health Policy Unit (GHPU) seeks to appoint an outstanding and highly motivated PhD candidate to an exciting interdisciplinary project that explores the political determinants of health inequalities. Read more

Visual Culture in Times of Political Change

The proposed project will explore the relationship and tensions in visual culture and politics/ideology in moments of intense socio-political change brought about by rebellion, protest, revolution, regime change, ideological ruptures, collapse of political systems and so forth. Read more

Thinking Nature Thinking

The project is located at the intersection of philosophy and poetics, between the conceptual labor of exploring and the poetic labor of inventing the idea of nature. Read more
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The Agrarian Question Renewed: Land-use and agricultural transitions in times of ecological crisis

Supervisors. Kai Heron. Emma Cardwell. James Fraser.  .  . Project Description. The need to address the world’s ecological crisis has prompted a deep reconsideration of the UK’s agricultural sector and rural landscapes. Read more

The Protection Offered by UN Peace Operations

United Nations (UN) peace operations are increasingly deployed to challenging situations of ongoing conflict with lofty expectations of being able to stabilise conflict zones, achieve national reconciliation, and rebuild state legitimacy. Read more

The Role of Emotions in Economics and Politics

The Project. As polarisation is on the rise in a number of (especially European) countries, the role of emotions becomes central in the debate about economy and democracy. Read more

Clans, Identity and Belonging in Contemporary Scotland

Scotland remains a topic of considerable political, social, cultural and historic attention today. From the Outlander series to the question of potential Scottish Independence, interest in and discussions on Scotland literally span the globe. Read more

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