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Government & International Affairs PhD

Durham University

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Durham University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    36 months

Course summary

Research students are encouraged to feel they are part of a research community rather than working in isolation. We have excellent completion rates, and many of our former research students hold senior academic and government positions around the world. The research findings of PhD students often result in published output, either by the graduates themselves, or through joint papers written with their supervisors. This course covers the following areas: American Politics; British Party Politics; British Political History; Central Asian Studies: politics, security, religion, economics, international relations; China's International Relations; Economic Development in the Middle East: economic diversification and self sustaining growth, labour markets and employment creation, technological transfers and intellectual property rights, the Arab telecommunications and multimedia industry, global versus national governance of trade and investment flows; The European Union; German Politics; History of Political Thought; International Development; International Organisation; International Relations of East Asia; International Relations Theory and Methodology; Islamic Studies: Islamic thought, intellectual trends, politics and contemporary movements, the role of Islam in the political and social dynamics of Muslim countries, minority Muslim communities, popular and scholarly Western perceptions of Islam, the relationship between Islam and other faiths. In addition to the above, the School offers expertise in the field of Quranic and Shi'a Studies, with considerable resources available in the University; Middle East Politics: including domestic and international politics, political economy, society; Modern Iranian Studies: modern politics, international relations, political economy; North African Studies: politics and history, religion, political economy, international relations, boundary disputes; Peace and Conflict; Political Culture; Regional Security Issues: geopolitics and economic geography; Religion and Politics. All research students attend the Faculty Research Training Programme, which offers: Induction: an introduction to the work of our IT service, Library and Language Centre; and to life and work as a postgraduate student; Research Methods: an introduction to ontology, measurement, methodology, data sources and data analysis; Study Methods: computer literacy and library use; Philosophy and Methodology: including legal and ethical issues; Managing your project: including presentational skills and thesis production.

Tuition fees

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£ 21,465per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Durham University

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  • Campus address

    Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, England

By inspiring students to do outstanding things at Durham, the university believes they will do outstanding things in the world.
Durham's famous cathedral and castle are at the heart of the city – and the heart of the university – forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Beyond studies, Durham offers a student experience and college life that is truly unique.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    8th out of 86 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    176 85%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90.0 90%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.82 76%



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