Research course


University of Liverpool · School of Politics and Communication Studies

Entry requirements

Candidates should possess a good Honours degree (2:1 or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Staff in the Department of Politics generate high-quality research which is relevant to communities across the world. Research carried out within the department spans a variety of specialisms, from British and Northern Irish politics to International Policy Transfer and Democratisation in post-communist Europe to Human trafficking and forced labour.

Our current students are working on an exciting variety of projects. These range from human trafficking (Alex Woods and Glyn Rankin) to a number of themes within British and Northern Irish Politics, electoral behaviour and ideologies (Andrew Mc Caldon, Sean Haughey, Harry Taylor, Steven Daniels, Peter Anderson and Kieran Garrard). From conflict and post-conflict zones, there are theses dealing with identity in post-Yugoslav Herzegovina (Mate Subasic) and internally displaced people in Ukraine (Asmar Yusifova), as well as research into the use of private military and security contractors in civil wars (Vanessa Gottwick and Charlotte Penel).

Our research themes are:

  • American Politics
  • British Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • European Politics and Europeanisation
  • Electoral Studies
  • Ideologies
  • International Relations
  • International Organisations
  • Immigration politics
  • Media and politics
  • Nationalism and Ethnicity
  • Irish Politics
  • Political Theory
  • Politics of Eastern and Central Europe
  • Politics of the Middle East
  • Public Opinion
  • Public Policy
  • Post-Soviet politics
  • Security Politics
  • Politics of the Middle East

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    full time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927