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
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.
A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline.
MPhil degree option
An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.
Politics and History at Brunel is a thriving, interdisciplinary community of scholars in the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences, with 25 full-time academic faculty as well as a number of associated colleagues, including Honorary Fellows and postgraduate researchers. We engage in world-leading research across the disciplines of politics and history: in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 64% of our research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent.
The Department offers an inclusive research culture that brings together academic staff, postgraduate research students and taught students in lecture series, workshops and international conferences.
Six broad themes provide the foundation on which much of the research of the Department can be categorized:
- Modern and Contemporary History, with special focus on the rise and fall of empires, regimes, nations and states
- The political structures and processes of advanced capitalist states, especially Britain, the US, Asia, countries within the EU, and the EU itself
- The history of political thought, with special interest in theories of violence and revolution
- Intelligence and Security Studies, with a key focus on the institutions and processes of intelligence gathering
- War and Conflict, including military history from the ancient to the modern period, counterinsurgency, peace-building, and border conflict
- International relations, including specialisms in the modern Middle East and the politics of intervention
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
Course contact details
- +44 (0)1895 265599