Research course

International Politics

Aberystwyth University · Department of International Politics

Entry requirements

2:1 Bachelors (Honours) degree in a relevant subject area, or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Founded in 1919, the Department of International Politics is the oldest department of its kind in the world. We have an international reputation for our research, known wherever the subject is studied. The Department is renowned for its pioneering research and is recognised as number one in the UK for the study of international politics. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), the Department of International Politics was placed best in Wales with 69% of publications submitted rated as world leading..

Our staff and postgraduate students conduct research on some of the most difficult and important global challenges facing human communities today – from questions of conflict, war, nuclear weapons and security to issues of migration, development, democracy, global health and environment. We also study political processes in the UK and its sub-states and hold regional expertise in Middle East, Russian, Latin American and American politics.

In our research we seek to develop bold new perspectives on how to understand and negotiate the intense and sometimes troublesome global interconnections around us. In so doing we also work with policy makers to develop concrete new ideas for change. From working with civil society actors to informing national and global players we seek to be at the heart of communicating our research to the relevant stakeholders and to the public.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01970 622023