Research course

Politics and International Relations

Keele University · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally require an honours degree with a first or 2.1 classification, or a masters degree, in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, October, September

Course content

Professional research training through devising and implementing a research project, undertaking formal and informal training in subject-specific and transferable skills, and professional development activities.

Politics and International Relations is ranked 1st out of 56 in the country for research impact, with 100% of its work judged at 3* and 4* level.

Department specialisms

For a list of current research strengths for supervising a research degree look on European IR, including the EU/South-East Europe, Eastern Mediterranean; Minority and Human Rights in International Law; Diplomatic Law and Practice; International Theory; IR of the Environment; International Political Economy; Anglo-American Relations.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) score

Information for international students

English Language proficiency level 6.5 IELTs required. Keele has research students from over 50 different countries. We offer a safe green campus environment. Support specifically for international students includes an International Students Support Officer and free English language support.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

All sponsorship opportunities are listed on Prospective applicants are advised to look regularly from December onwards to see if there are any opportunities available in your field.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-84 months
full time
24-48 months


part time
24-36 months
full time
12-24 months

Course contact details

PGR Administrator
+44 (0)1782 733641