The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy welcomes enquiries from students who wish to continue their studies in these subjects with a view to obtaining a higher degree. A graduate may pursue research, on a full-time or part-time basis, and submit a thesis for the degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy has more postgraduate research students than any other Humanities or Social Sciences subject at Queen's. In recent years many new members of staff have been appointed, substantially increasing the range of research supervision available within the School. All members of staff are qualified to supervise research students. Currently, there are research students dealing with topics on Irish and British history and politics, international relations, European integration, gender, political theory and popular culture, electoral systems and parties, comparative ethnic conflict, the Middle East, and many other areas.
A friendly and supportive atmosphere exists among the postgraduates in Politics, International Studies and Philosophy. Each student is given a primary and a secondary supervisor and is encouraged to consult the members of staff working in his/her area of research. Every year the School runs a series of public lectures with many prominent speakers from academia and practical politics. There also exists a lively postgraduate research seminar series.
For questions regarding the application procedure, please contact the Postgraduate Secretary Caroline Cullen who will be pleased to advise you on the procedure for submitting applications. For further information, see the University admissions information website .
The school has expertise in a number of areas including Governance and Public Policy, International Relations, Ethnic Conflict, Contemporary Irish History, Political Theory and Philosophy. You are STRONGLY encouraged to familiarize yourself with staff members working in your area of interest in advance of submitting a proposal.
Access to the research interests and supervisory areas of the School’s members of staff can be accessed here
The normal entry requirement consists of the following:
To apply for any of our postgraduate courses, you should submit an online application.
Postgraduate Research Studentships – 2015 Entry
For information on available funding for September 2015 admission please click here