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  • Qualification

    MPhil - Master of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Liverpool

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    Full time 2-4 years. Applications are open all year round.

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Our research covers British Politics, Political Science, Political Communication, Local Government, International Studies, Comparative Politics, Populism, Health and Political Engagement, Security Studies, Gender Studies, and Political Theory. We also have expertise in local studies focused on Scouse identity, Liverpool, and Merseyside more broadly.


Doctoral Research

A PhD is an international qualification that enables you to make an original contribution to knowledge in a specific area of research interest. This can be defined as the discovery of new knowledge; testing the intellectual rigor of an existing theory or methodological approach in a new area; fusing theoretical approaches; or a combination of each.

To help you ensure your doctoral research meets this criteria of making an original claim we provide high-quality methodological training that allows you to develop your research skills during the course of your study. Your supervisor will provide guidance on this process.

Our current doctoral candidates are researching British Politics, British political ideologies, electoral behaviour, conflict and post-conflict studies, and international studies.

Why Come to Liverpool?

Our researchers in the Department of Politics are world-leading experts in their respective research fields.

They regularly publish in high-impact academic journals, books, edited collections as well as engage with national and international media outlets. Scholars also regularly interact with politicians through providing advice for legislation in the House of Commons as well as quaisi-judicial bodies and international organisations. We are also active in the Political Studies Association, the PSA Early Careers Network, Royal Historical Society, and BISA.

Our research covers Parliamentary studies, voting behavior, British political ideologies, local government, Northern Ireland studies, race, LGBTQ studies, international relations, political theory, political language, health and political engagement, democratization, European studies, human trafficking, the legacy of slavery and contemporary forced labour.

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University of Liverpool

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  • Campus address

    University of Liverpool, The Foundation Building, 765 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 7ZX, England

Renowned for excellent teaching that relates to the professions including medicine, dentistry, business, law, architecture and engineering.
Internationally recognised themes: personalised health, infectious disease, advanced materials, digital, heritage, and starting well, living well, ageing well.
Extensive support network in place for International students. Students can take advantage of a meet and greet service and 'Hello International!' welcome.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    57th out of 86 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    130 63%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.86 77%



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