PhD programme

PhD programme

PhD Programme Director
Dr Mo Hume

Welcome to the PhD programme in Politics at the University of Glasgow. In this page you will find information about current PhD students and information for prospective research students.

Current PhD Students

Within Politics 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 early in the academic year, the Postgraduate Research Seminar and periodic staff-student social events (including the annual Munro Challenge). Over the past years our PhD students have organised and hosted the Political Studies Association’s annual Northern Graduate Conference; a workshop on Energy Security in Europe (sponsored by the University Association of Contemporary European Studies, the Scottish Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies, the Faculty and the Department); the 2007 British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies Postgraduate Conference (December); and a seminar series on Latin America.

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).

Most research in Politics is grouped within one of four research clusters: Citizens, Communication and Political Actors; Historic and International Theory (HINT); and Transformation. PhD students are actively encouraged to affiliate themselves with at least one research cluster. There are also numerous research centres in whose activities PhD students can participate.

Information for prospective PhD students


Within Politics there are 20 research-active, full-time staff. Members of Glasgow Politics have recently received research grants from the British Academy; the Economic and Social Research Council; the Ministry of Defence; the Nuffield Foundation; and the Norwegian Research Council; and have undertaken research for the European Commission; Oxfam; the Scottish Executive; and the UK’s Department for International Development and Her Majesty’s Treasury. Click here for more information about our staff

Topics for supervision

We offer supervision across a wide range of subjects, reflecting the Department’s 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; politics and popular culture; environmental policy; migration policy; welfare policy. We have particular expertise in the politics of USA; 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; 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; the history of political thought; human nature and politics; ethics and international politics; cosmopolitanism; distributive justice; feminist theory.

How to apply

For general questions, please contact the Director of the Politics PhD programme, Dr Mo Hume.