Politics Postgraduate Research - PhDs and Studentships

Full Time/ Part Time
PhD by Research, MA (Res), MPhil (Res)

We specialise in three broad areas: politics and public policy; critical global politics; and cultural politics, communication and media. We welcome applications for MPhil and PhD research degrees as well as Masters' by Research.


STAFF RESEARCH INTERESTS - We have more than 30 members of staff, all of whom actively engage with research. We take an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approach in our work, linking theory to practice, to create a distinctive programme of research. This has given us a strong international reputation for research in a wide variety of areas, including: international relations; international relations theory; international security; terrorism; human rights; religion; the US; Britain; the EU; Japan; Africa; the mass media; the new media; political communications; popular culture; identity politics; public administration and public policy; political theory; and political rhetoric. 

If you are interested in applying for a research degree, please feel free to contact academic staff directly. For details see: http://www.uea.ac.uk/political-social-international-studies/people 

For our research degree opportunities visit: http://www.uea.ac.uk/political-social-international-studies/research-degrees 

Our students produce ground-breaking research across the fields of politics, culture and media, international relations, political theory, and public policy. You will be supervised by a team of at least two faculty members. 

RESEARCH EVENTS FOR PhD STUDENTS - As a research student you'll become a member of a vibrant academic community. Three thematic research groups meet regularly for staff and postgraduate researchers. They discuss work-in-progress, funding and engagement activities and organise research workshops. You'll also meet visiting speakers and have the chance to be involved in our national and international conferences. You’ll certainly be part of our regular research seminars at which you’ll present work and receive advice on various aspects of researching, writing and submitting a PhD thesis. Formal research training and broader professional training sessions are organised by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Graduate School. 

Take a look at our current PhD and studentship opportunities

Course Modules 2019/0

As a postgraduate research student, your research degree will not contain modules.


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

To be accepted onto a doctoral degree, the standard minimum academic entry requirement is either at least a 2:1 from a UK undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, or equivalent. Some research programmes might have higher requirements and the possibility of more specific requirements. Please take a look at our current PhD opportunities or our Faculty Graduate School and School pages to find out more.

How to Apply

Please take a look at our information on how to apply.

    Next Steps

    We can’t wait to hear from you. Just pop any questions about this course into the form below and our enquiries team will answer as soon as they can.

    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515