Research course

Political Ideas

Open University · Department of Politics and International Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


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 and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1908 654534