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Doctoral scholarships for applicants from UK Black, Asian and underrepresented ethnic minority communities

We aim to encourage a diverse postgraduate research community and develop a more inclusive pipeline for future academics and university leaders.

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Our research and expertise

Our intellectual focus is on the politics of global challenges

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School of Politics and International Studies - Research Degrees

Research degrees

As a postgraduate researcher in the School of Politics and International Studies, you’ll join a thriving academic research community organised around six core areas of expertise with a shared focus on the Politics of Global Challenges – the political lens through which key global challenges are created, understood and mediated. 

You’ll be immersed in a supportive, motivated and challenging interdisciplinary research environment where you’ll be inspired to pursue your interests, achieve your career aspirations, and contribute meaningfully to research agendas that aim to effect change and shape the future of global society.

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Researching with us

Whether you intend to pursue a career in academia or apply your expertise in another professional context, researching with us will help you to achieve your goals. You’ll benefit from a range of formal training and development opportunities that will prepare you for your chosen career path, supported by our dedicated staff and dynamic community of established postgraduate researchers.


"world-leading" or "internationally excellent"

Submitted research – REF 2021

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Ed Lack
Student | PHD
“Staff in the department have been so helpful and friendly. The academic staff are obviously incredibly knowledgeable about their area, but they have never been intimidating in their approach to teaching and guidance.”