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Politics and International Relations PhD

University of Glasgow

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Glasgow

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary


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)
  • Transformation.

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).

Final assessment involves the submission of a thesis of between 70,000 and 100,000 words and an oral examination (viva voce).


We offer supervision across a wide range of subjects, reflecting our strength in depth in Comparative Politics, International Relations and Political Theory.

Comparative Politics

  • 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

International Relations

  • 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)
  • humanitarianism
  • just war tradition

Political Theory

  • 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
  • cosmopolitanism
  • moral epistemology
  • distributive justice
  • feminist theory.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 18,370per year

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

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University of Glasgow

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  • Campus address

    University of Glasgow, The Fraser Building, 65 Hillhead Street, Glasgow, Glasgow, City Of, G12 8QQ, Scotland

A wide range of international scholarships are available including International Excellence scholarships and postgraduate awards.
Meet students from across the university with over 250 clubs and societies available – ranging from international student societies to the Harry Potter society.
Pre-sessional English language provision available prior to starting university, and English language support options throughout the duration of study.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    20th out of 85 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    188 86%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70 70%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.88 78%



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