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.

Potential research projects

We welcome enquiries about PhD study in this subject area.

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

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

MPhil

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

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Coordinator
Email
FASS-Polis-PG-Admissions@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 654534/654435