Research course

Political theory and ideological analysis

Open University · Department of Politics and International Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Politics & International Studies (POLIS) has an international reputation for research on ideologies and political theory, including normative theory, citizenship studies, agonistic politics, theories of sovereignty and justice, feminism, masculinities and gender studies, international political theory, theories of risk, environmental and ecological 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, security, rights, duties, governance, power, community, ecology, democracy, sovereignty, respect, indigenous identity, to name a few.

We encourage research in both analytic and continental philosophy traditions as well as comparative cultural analysis 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 supervisors

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website

Qualification and course duration


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


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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1908 654435