The UK funding councils assessed two thirds of our research outputs as world-leading or internationally excellent, in the Research Assessment Framework (REF) 2014
Most research in Politics is grouped within one of four research clusters:
- Citizens, Communication and Political Actors
- Gender and Sexualities Forum
- Historic and International Theory (HINT)
Along with Edinburgh and St. Andrews, we form the Politics and International Relations pathway of the Economic and Social Research Council-funded Scottish Doctoral Training Centre (S-DTC).
We have an active and engaged international community of doctoral students. We work to foster this community through an annual retreat, our research seminars and regular staff-student social events (including the annual Munro Challenge).
Topics for supervision
We offer supervision across a wide range of subjects, reflecting our strength in depth in Comparative Politics, International Relations and Political Theory.
- political parties, institutions and change
- elections and voting
- comparative constitutionalism; gender
- lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) politics
- human rights
- political communication
- political economy
- political psychology
- politics and popular culture
- environmental policy
- welfare policy
- expertise in the politics of China; Europe, including Scotland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Greece, the European Union; Russia
- Latin America.
- international cooperation and international organisations
- international political economy
- international development
- international security
- human rights
- gender and development
- foreign aid
- foreign policy analysis (particularly of the European Union, Russia and China)
- just war tradition
- war: causes and origins
- war: strategic studies
- post-war conflict and violence
- legitimacy and communicative ethics
- English School
- transnational politics (non-state actors).
- contemporary Anglo-American political philosophy
- contemporary social theory
- German political thought
- the history of political thought
- human nature and politics; jurisprudence
- liberalism and philosophical anthropology
- freedom of speech/expression
- ethics and international law
- moral epistemology
- distributive justice
- feminist theory.
- PhD: 3 years full-time; 5 years part-time.
Final assessment involves the submission of a thesis of between 70,000 and 100,000 words and an oral examination (viva voce).
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