Research course

Sociology, Politics and International Studies

University of Bristol · School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) and a master's qualification (or equivalent).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies is an interdisciplinary scholarly environment, producing leading research with an international focus that is relevant to the changing circumstances of an increasingly interconnected world. We offer the following programmes:

  • PhD in Politics
  • PhD in Sociology
  • PhD in East Asian Studies

We are committed to rigorous conceptual and empirical research that is politically and socially relevant and problem-orientated. We aim to advance theory, knowledge and methods at the interface between sociology, politics and international relations. The questions addressed recognise that political structures are related in complex ways to the social conditions that underlie them; likewise, social conditions are affected in complex ways by political structures. Our aim is not just to monitor the global condition but to contribute to ways that might improve it.

Our research activity is guided by focusing on key themes:

  • Critical security
  • Ethnicity, migration and citizenship
  • Europe and Europeanisation
  • Gender
  • Political and social inequalities
  • Social, cultural and political theory
  • South and east Asia

All researchers across the school identify with one or more of the themes. This enables collective identification over themes within the school and aims to generate further collaboration and interdisciplinarity in our research activities. In addition, the themes provide a basis for internal and external recognition of the main questions and topics that our research addresses.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0) 117 331 7572