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Choosing a Project and Supervisor

PhDs in the School of Politics and International Relations fall into two categories:

  1. projects initiated and developed by the applicant, in consultation with a supervisor in the School
  2. projects on a specific topic chosen by the School (these often have funding attached

1) Self-initiated projects: this could be on any topic within politics and/or international relations, broadly defined. However, please note that we can only provide supervision on subject areas in which we have specific expertise. Therefore, you should carefully consider whether your project fits with the research interests of the School. The School’s research interests fall broadly into the areas indicated below. You’ll find out more information by clicking on the headings. Individual staff profiles can be accessed by clicking on the names under each heading:

European Politics

Staff active in the European Politics research group: Dr Peter Allen; Professor Tim Bale; Dr Paul Copeland; Dr Patrick Diamond; Prof Adam Fagan; Prof Mike Kenny; Prof Raymond Kuhn; Dr Rainbow Murray; Dr Brendan O’Duffy; Dr Sarah Wolff

International Relations

Staff active in the International Relations research group: Dr Jean-Francois Drolet; Prof James Dunkerley; Prof Adam Fagan; Dr Clive Gabay; Dr Sophie Harman; Dr Lee Jones; Prof Ray Kiely; Dr Bryan Mabee; Dr Brendan O’Duffy; Dr Chris Phillips; Dr Robbie Shilliam; Dr Jeff Webber; Dr David Williams 

Political Theory

Staff active in the Political Theory research group: Dr Madeleine Davis; Dr Jean-Francois Drolet; Prof Mike Kenny; Dr Robbie Shilliam; Dr Lasse Thomassen; Dr Caroline Williams

Once you have identified a potential supervisor, you should make contact via email to establish whether your research is something they can supervise. When contacting a potential supervisor, please ensure you include a draft of your research proposal. If the supervisor is able to take your project on and is happy with your proposal they will encourage you to make a formal application (please note that this recognition from a supervisor does not guarantee that your application will be successful).

2) Specific projects: from time to time, we advertise places for PhDs on a specific topic. These usually have funding attached and are sometimes connected to larger research projects being undertaken in the School by one or more members of staff. Funding can come from a number of sources, but is normally from one of the UK Research Councils or through Queen Mary’s own Principal’s Studentships scheme. Funding usually covers tuition fees and provides a generous living allowance for up to three years. When applying for these places, applicants are asked to create a research proposal based on a project or topic description, and to contact the member of members of staff named in the project description.

Details of specific projects currently available in the School are here. Funded places are also advertised nationally.

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