Research course

Political Ideas

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

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry

October

Course content

Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at The Open University has an international reputation for research in political theory and ideologies, including critical, post-structuralist and normative theory; theories of citizenship; agonistic politics; international political theory; and research on the ideas and actions of social movements (such as ‘slow food’) and environmental justice campaigns. In terms of political concepts, POLIS can supervise students working on citizenship, justice, rights, duties, governance, power, community, ecology, and democracy, to name a few.

We also encourage research in continental political philosophy and the intellectual history of political thought. We supervise on a range of political ideologies including transnational discourses and movements (cultural, ecological, gender, human rights, labour and emergent political subject positions), as well as conservative, liberal, labour and utopian discourses in the UK - especially those drawing on empirical cases, institutional practices and lived experience.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
      full time
      36 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          15 months

          Course contact details

          Name
          Postgraduate Coordinator
          Email
          FASS-Polis-PG-Admissions@open.ac.uk
          Phone
          +44 (0)1908 654534