Research course

Politics and International Studies

Open University · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or masters degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at The Open University has an international reputation for research in Comparative Politics, International Relation and Political Theory, including regional focus on Africa, Asia and Latin America. Research within POLIS is organised around five research areas: British and comparative politics; citizenship studies; democracy and social movements; international relations and global politics; and political ideas. With more than 400 publications included in the Open University’s Online Repository, POLIS academics are active in the Strategic Research Areas in Citizenship and Governance and International Development and other transdisciplinary research clusters 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, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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