Research Degrees in
in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Do you want to advance or change your career, deepen your expertise in a topic, or expand your research and practical skills?
With a PhD or other postgraduate research degree in the areas Politics, Political Theory and International Relations you will:
We can supervise all areas related to Politics, Political Theory and International Relations. Particular areas of focus include:
Our Politics researchers undertake innovative research into contemporary and historical politics. We have expertise in domestic politics and international relations (with particular interest in the US and Russia ). We also undertake collaborative, cross-disciplinary research with colleagues in History, Public Services, English Literature, and Philosophy.
We organise a range of seminars and workshops, inviting many prestigious external speakers. We host the annual Alternative Futures and Popular Protest conference that explores the ideas that inspire popular movements.
We have also recently launched two new research centres: History and Applied Social Sciences. These interdisciplinary centres seek to undertake research that makes a real policy impact at a local, regional, national and global level. We are also home to a number of other research projects and initiatives that inform our work, including the Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage and the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU).
The social and intellectual life of the Faculty is enhanced by the Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre (PAHC) which provides:
The majority of our students enrol in October. We offer further enrolment points in January and April.
Research degrees are available to study on-campus or through distance learning.
A research degree in politics gives you an exceptional understanding of the contemporary moment and the dynamics of power.
You will graduate with advanced analytical and research skills that equip you for a range of senior roles in academia, the public sector, local, national international organisations, or a range of other sectors.
This course is research based. You will independently conduct research into your own topic or a topic that we advertise. Your supervisory team will offer expert guidance throughout your studies and review work in progress.
Each year, you will follow a programme of training and development to enhance your research methods, subject-matter expertise and professional skills.
Please refer to our Fees page for more information on tuition fees.
Each year we offer a number of competitive scholarships to support high quality research projects. Current scholarship opportunities in Politics are advertised on our site.
You should, as a minimum, have a first or 2.1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification.
International students must demonstrate a sufficiently high standard of English language ability.
We welcome interest from applicants from non-standard backgrounds. We will take subject knowledge, professional experience, publications, or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment into consideration.
See more about our standard entry requirements.
Before applying for a research degree, you should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff about your project and ideas. To arrange this, please email Dr Adi Kuntsman (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Research Degrees Co-ordinator for Politics.
For further information on the application process, contact the Faculty’s research degrees administration team: email@example.com, +44 (0)161 247 5412.
The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online using the link below. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.
Before you apply, you should discuss your project with a member of academic staff. You should also complete the Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information form which you will then upload to the ‘Student documents’ section of the application form. This collects key information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.