Research course

Politics and International Studies

Open University · Department of Politics and International Studies

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or masters degree, relevant to the proposed area of study, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK.

Months of entry


Course content

Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at The Open University has an international reputation for research in British and comparative politics, citizenship, democracy and social movements, international relations and global politics, and political theory. Research within POLIS is organised around five corresponding areas: British and comparative politics; citizenship studies; democracy and social movements; international relations and global politics; and political ideas. POLIS academics are also active in the OU Centre for Research on Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) and OpenSpace, transdisciplinary research centres that bring together researchers from across the social sciences, promote public engagement and knowledge exchange, and contribute to theoretical and methodological innovation within social science research.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Discipline Convenor
+44 (0)1908 654472