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Politics and international studies Research Degrees

Research degrees

When studying for an MA by Research or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) within the School of Politics and International Studies, you become a key member of an impactful academic research community. You'll experience a supportive, stimulating and challenging research environment which will enable you to pursue your interests and achieve your academic aspirations.

Our research

We bring together academics from across the disciplines of politics, international relations and development — with much of our work making an impact on a global scale.


in the UK for research impact

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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.”

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