Research course

Magna Carta Institute

Brunel University, London · Politics, History and the Brunel Law School

Entry requirements

The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline.

We welcome research students working in the broad fields of Public Policy, Comparative Politics, Political Institutions, Governance, Elections, Political Parties, Borders, Trust & Multiculturalism.

Research profile

The Magna Carta Institute researches, debates and seeks to influence some of the key political, legal and social issues of our time. Its purpose is to analyse how best to create and maintain just societies that fairly balance both personal freedom and authority, and the rights and responsibilities of individuals and society. Essentially, the Institute strives to stimulate and shape debate around some of the most important questions facing the modern world.

The aims of the centre are:

  • To analyse how global changes affect the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of governments and institutions
  • To analyse and promote good governance of public and private institutions
  • To improve public understanding of the processes by which societies are governed
  • To promote ideas and shape debates surrounding key political and social issues
  • To enhance public policy through rigorous academic research

The centre includes internationally recognized staff, whose research examines these areas both domestically and internationally. We provide a stimulating and supportive environment, where students can flourish.

Potential research projects

We welcome research proposals from all of the areas in which we work, both from students with a background in Politics and from those whose work is multi-disciplinary and includes reference to work in Political Science and Political Theory. Our current doctoral students are working on projects such as political party legislation in Turkey, and the impact of party funding on elections in Indonesia. We are not prescriptive in terms of potential research topics. Rather, we wish to invite proposals from any area that falls under the remit of the Institute.

Information for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

Fees and funding

We offer a range of PhD studentships, partial scholarships, and academic prizes, to help with your research fees. Explore external funding, particularly the Research Councils, as well as other support.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1895 265599