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Politics and International Relations

University of Aberdeen

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Aberdeen

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT-20, NOV-20, DEC-20, JAN-21, FEB-21, MAR-21, APR-21, MAY-21, JUN-21, JUL-21, AUG-21

  • Duration

    36 months

Course summary

The Department of Politics and International Relations offers internationally-recognised expertise and postgraduate supervision across the various fields of our discipline.

Our Research

Democracy and Representation
We research election politics, political organisations, emerging challenges to modern liberal democracies and political participation, including membership. Further research looks at constitutional politics, energy politics, green and far right politics

Conflict and Security
We research post conflict peacebuilding, terrorism and counter terrorism, civil military relations, cybersecurity, immigration and asylum, memory, political apologies, international security and EU conflict resolution.

Comparative Politics and Policy
We study migration policymaking, democracy promotion and energy politics. Our expertise covers the UK, EU, China, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia and post-Soviet states, Scandinavia and the Western Balkans.

Political and International Relations Theory
We have expertise in political and international relations theory, with expertise on postcolonial theory, precarity and affect, aesthetics and politics, temporarily, globalisation and governance, and knowledge production in social science.

Recent successful postgraduates have gone on to posts in the Scottish Parliament and civil service, the House of Commons, the UK civil service including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK Ministry of Defence, international organisations including the United Nations and the European Union, research consultancies, international business and banking, and lobbying.

Others have moved into academic careers or drawn on their Politics and IR degree to undertake Postgraduate qualifications in other disciplines and career paths.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 16,500per year

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

University information

University of Aberdeen

  • University League Table

    26th

  • Campus address

    University of Aberdeen, Directorate of External Relations, King's College, Aberdeen, Aberdeen, City Of, AB24 3FX, Scotland

One of the top 30 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide).
Student population includes over 130 nationalities, with strong international global networks.
An International Centre provides support to students from application to graduation.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    29th out of 85

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    179 82%

    10th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    66 66%

    54th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.08 82%

    26th

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