Research course

Politics and International Relations

University of Southampton · Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Master’s degree in a relevant subject; good honours degree considered; professional experience may also be considered; plus satisfactory performance at interview

Months of entry


Course content

We offer PhD programmes in many areas of political science, political theory and international relations in a highly stimulating and supportive environment. Topics range from democratic engagement to local governance, from policy studies to political accountability, from global justice to theories of citizenship, from development to nuclear security, and from world government to globalisation. You will work with a supervisory team of at least two academic members of staff and consult with other members of staff as needed. We actively encourage doctoral student participation in academic conferences and submission of articles to scholarly journals. Our academics’ groundbreaking research projects impact on national and international politics and policy processes and the 2014 Research Excellence Framework ranked us fifth in the UK for research output.

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Department specialisms

Two main areas of research - Citizenship and democracy; Globalisation, global governance and security studies. Specialisms within these areas include political theory; gender and equal opportunity studies; multi-culturalism and politics of recognition; feminist political theory; sovereignty and obligation.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
60-84 months
full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences
44(0)23 8059 5395