Research course


Queen Mary, University of London · Politics

Entry requirements

Degree with MA/MSc in relevant subject. Professional experience may be considered instead. Appropriate language for fieldwork abroad.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Politics and International Relations at QMUL has a vibrant PhD student community and we welcome applications in all fields of politics and international relations where can offer expert supervision. Student numbers have increased significantly in the past ten years and the school currently hosts around 35 full- and part-time MPhil and PhD students.

The School of Politics and International Relations is committed to developing, maintaining and supporting excellent and innovative teaching and research amongst its faculty, and to fostering independent learning and critical thinking among our students.

We are placed 14th in the country for the percentage of our 3* and 4* research outputs (the best published research), meaning that you will be personally taught by academics who are leaders in their field. The diversity of our staff and students, and the local area, mean that QMUL is a great place to study international public policy.

Research students benefit from expert supervision from academic staff within the School. Some students are also co-supervised by staff from other Schools within QMUL

Applications are welcome in any of the specialist subject areas covered by the School, visit our website for more information

  • European politics
  • International politics
  • Political theory

For more information on how to apply for a research degree click here

Department specialisms

Research in the School of Politics & IR is clustered around three broad research themes: - European politics - International relations - political theory

Fees and funding

ESRC, College and School studentships

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
48 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Alex Challis
+44 (0)20 7882 5829