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. IELTS of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in the written component, or equivalent. Most students will be expected to have completed a Master's programme with an element of research training.

Months of entry

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

Course content

A full-time MPhil degree lasts one year. 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 (a full list of potential fields is shown below).

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:

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

Please visit the Politics website: Postgraduate research

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: PhD Studentships

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Cameron Ross
+44 (0)1382 385064