The UK funding councils assessed two thirds of our research outputs as world-leading or internationally excellent, in the Research Assessment Framework (REF) 2014

Overview

Most research in Politics is grouped within one of four research clusters:

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 community of doctoral students, about a third of whom are from the UK with the rest coming from countries around the world. We work to foster this community through an annual retreat, our research seminars and regular staff-student social events (including the annual Munro Challenge).

Topics for supervision

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

Comparative Politics topics for which supervision is available include 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; politics and popular culture; environmental policy; welfare policy. We have particular expertise in the politics of China; Europe, including Scotland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Greece, the European Union; Russia; Latin America.

With regard to International Relations we offer supervision with respect to: 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; post-war conflict and violence; legitimacy and communicative ethics; just war tradition; English School; transnational politics (non-state actors).

In Political Theory we can supervise PhD theses on: 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.

Study options

  • PhD:  3 years full-time; 5 years part-time. 

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

Supervisors

All our postgraduate research students are allocated a supervisor who acts as the main source of academic support and research mentoring.

You may want to identify a potential supervisor and contact them to discuss your research proposal before you apply.

Entry requirements

Our research degree applicants will usually possess a good Master’s degree (or overseas equivalent), with a significant component in politics.

Your proposed research topic should be in an area in which supervision can be offered. You may find it helpful to search our staff research profiles.

Required documentation

Applicants should submit:

  • Transcripts/degree certificate 
  • Two references
  • A one-page research proposal
  • CV
  • Name of potential Supervisor

Research proposal

Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:

  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

English Language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English.

Fees and funding

Fees

2016/17

  • £4,121 UK/EU
  • £15,250 outside EU

Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.

Additional fees for all students:

  • Submission by a research student £440
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work £890
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £140
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period) £250
  • General Council fee £50
  • Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will be expected to pay a bench fee to cover additional costs. The exact amount will be provided in the offer letter.

2017/18

  • £4,195 UK/EU*
  • £16,000 outside EU

Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.

* We expect that tuition fees for EU students entering in 2017 will continue to be set at the same level as that for UK students.  However, future funding arrangements for EU students will be determined as part of the UK’s discussions on its future relationship.  If you are thinking of applying for 2017 entry, we would encourage you to do so in the usual way. For further information, please see the Research Councils UK statement on international collaboration and Universities UK Brexit FAQs for universities and students.

Additional fees for all students:

  • Submission by a research student £460
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work £1,000
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £200
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period) £260
  • General Council fee £50
  • Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will be expected to pay a bench fee to cover additional costs. The exact amount will be provided in the offer letter.

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

Funding

Postgraduate research scholarships

Support

The College of Social Sciences Graduate School draws together internationally recognised scholars and respected practitioners to offer a range of research programmes.

Our programmes are based on thorough training in research methods and we encourage you to take part in numerous exciting seminars, conferences and events. We offer modern library, IT services and a wide-range of support services. You will be living in one of Europe’s most exciting cities which has a vibrant cultural and social life

Our Graduate School Researcher Development Programme will support you to plan your professional development over the course of your PhD and ensure your employability.

For more information get in touch with us at  socsci-gradschool@glasgow.ac.uk.

How to apply