Research Degrees in

Digital Politics

in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities


In the world of hashtag protest, cyberwars, fake news and algorithmic biases, the topic of Digital Politics is both most timely and exciting. An interdisciplinary field, located at the intersection of international relations, political economy, sociology, media, and communication studies, the subject of digital politics brings together innovative research on recent, and acutely relevant matters to national and global politics. Your project may focus on any area, including:

  • Social movements and political campaigns on social media
  • The use of social media in armed conflicts or in international diplomacy
  • Political propaganda on social media and the Internet
  • Information or infrastructure warfare
  • Algorithmic governance
  • Digital surveillance
  • Digital insurgence
  • Racism and injustice on the Internet.

We invite research projects that are interdisciplinary yet grounded in social science (politics, sociology, anthropology, geography) or media studies, and that explore digital politics in any location around the globe; or undertake a comparative study of more than one country.

Course structure

The course is research based. You will meet your supervisor(s) regularly, and work independently on your own research. Depending on your previous experience as well as on the focus of your project, you may be advised to audit specific lectures (by negotiation with your supervisors and unit tutors), such as those focusing on research methods or on thematic subjects.

Research culture

You will become part of a vibrant research environment at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, in particular around digital society and culture. You will be able to attend postgraduate research training on digital methods and ethics and take part in research events related to digital politics and communication. In addition to your assigned supervisor/s at the Department of Politics, you will benefit from contacts with staff and other research students who work on information and communication systems, social media politics, algorithmic sociality, digital communities, Internet studies, journalism, and more.

You will be a member of the Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre (PAHC), that delivers dedicated training for researchers. PAHC also hosts RAH! (Research in Arts and Humanities), an innovative annual public engagement programme including public lectures, performances, film screenings, fairs, interventions, discussions, artist happenings and augmented reality.

Courses offered

  • MA by Research (1 year full time, or 2 years part time)
  • MPhil (2 years full time; 3 years part time)
  • PhD (3 years full time, or 6 years part time)
Research degrees are available to study on-campus or through distance learning.

→ How to apply for a distance learning PhD


Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff to discuss a proposed research project. To arrange this please contact Dr Adi Kuntsman.

For further information on the application process, contact the Research Degrees Office:
Tel: +44 (0)161 247 6673

How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application throughout the process.

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Please complete the additional Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information document and upload it to the Student documents section of your online application. This collects key information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.

Before you apply, we recommend that you:

  • Contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.
  • Ensure that you have gathered the necessary supporting documents required and submit them along with your application where possible: references, passport copy, qualification transcripts and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant.

Next Stages of Your Application

We will contact you to let you know the initial outcome of your application, and invite you to attend an interview where appropriate.

Once the university is satisfied with the following, we will send you an offer letter informing you that you have been offered a place of study:

  • Your research proposal
  • The entry requirements have been met
  • You have satisfactory references
  • We have the expertise and resources to be able to supervise you
  • You have had a successful interview

Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme. You must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your unconditional place.

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