Research course


University of Dundee · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

Honours degree at 2.1 or above, or a Masters degree in Politics, History, European Studies or a related discipline. Most students will be expected to have completed a Master's programme with an element of research training. For full entry requirements, please see our website.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

A full-time PhD degree lasts three years (part-time, five years) and involves detailed study of a topic leading to thesis of 80-100,000 words. During this time you will benefit from a full training package offered by the Department, facilities in the College Postgraduate Centre and teaching opportunities, where appropriate, in the Department.

The Department has a wide range of expertise that covers a broad spectrum of the discipline, with particular strengths in international politics.

The research of members of Department has been funded by :

  • the ESRC;
  • the AHRC;
  • the British Academy;
  • the Nuffield;
  • Roosevelt and Truman Foundations ;
  • the Scottish Office;
  • NATO;
  • the US government;
  • the European Commission ;
  • and the Norwegian Nobel Institute.

The University has extensive holdings in European politics and has a growing strength in transatlantic studies. It has one of the four Scottish European Documentation Centres. The department hosts two journals:

  1. Perspectives on European Politics and Society (Editor: Dr. Cameron Ross);
  2. and the Journal of Transatlantic Studies (Editor: Professor Alan Dobson).

Please visit the Politics website.

Department specialisms

Transatlantic relations: Ethnic conflict; Anglo-US relations and US Foreign Policy; International Relations; Politics of the South and Diplomacy; European Politics: Parties, Regionalism, Democratisation and EU policy-making; Transnational Organised Crime; Political philosophy; history of political thought; Politics of Gender and Sexuality; The UN and Peacekeeping.

Information for international students

Please visit our website.

Fees and funding

Current studentship vacancies can be found on our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Dr Edzia Carvalho
+44 (0)1382 385153