Research course

British and comparative politics

Institution
Open University · Department of Politics and International Studies
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry

October

Course content

The Department of Politics & International Studies (POLIS) has an international reputation for research in the areas of British and comparative politics.

Within UK politics, supervision is available on the PM and the Core Executive, political leadership, Parliament, political participation, electoral campaigns, the construction of publics and public opinion, urban politics, third sector and NGOS, labour unions, environmental organisations, social movements, the politics of dissent and political protest.

We also supervise policy areas, drawing on the expertise from other departments, such as social policy, public bodies, local governance, third sector organisations, environmental issues, and social and environmental justice.

In comparative politics we have an interest in British, Italian, Spanish, US, South African, Middle East, Asian and Caribbean politics, but also focus on wider questions of global, regional and national governance. These include case studies and comparative research on executive government, executive-legislative relations, electoral systems, political parties, national party links with the European Union, transnational networks and citizen participation as well as on topics such as environmental action, organised protest and the effects of different kinds of borders.

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

For detailed information on current fees visithttp://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding

Qualification and course duration

PhD

distance learning
variable months
full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MPhil

distance learning
variable months
full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Coordinator
Email
socsci-polis-pg-admissions@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 654435