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 McNeill 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:
For questions regarding the application procedure, please contact the Postgraduate Secretary, Caroline McNeill who will be pleased to advise you on the procedure for submitting applications.
To apply for any of our postgraduate courses, you should submit an online application.
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH STUDENTS: 2013-2014 ACADEMIC YEAR:
The School has a number of opportunities for PhD funding for the upcoming academic year:
1) DEL FUNDING: The School will be offering three DEL awards for PhD study. Students who are UK residents will be eligible for the full award, whereas EU students will be eligible for fees only. These studentships will be awarded to the best candidates in any area of research in Politics, International Studies or Philosophy, broadly defined. Applications for students wishing to be considered for one of these DEL awards MUST be submitted by
Monday 17th February 2014. Further information can be found here http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/PostgraduateCentre/PostgraduateFunding/UKEUProspectiveResearchStudents/
2) STRATEGIC DEL AWARDS: The School will be offering three strategic DEL awards for PhD study on specific projects. The supervisory team of these projects is already in place, and students will be supervised by experts in more than one School. As with the general DEL awards, Students who are UK residents will be eligible for the full award, whereas EU students will be eligible for fees only. The three PhD projects available for funding in the upcoming year are:
In addition, the School will offer the opportunity for one International or EU student to work on the following project:
Students wishing to apply for any of the Strategic DEL awards must state this under the funding section of your application (You do not need to submit an additional application form). Applications for these strategic DEL awards MUST be submitted by Monday 17th February 2014
3) AHRC NORTHERN BRIDGE DOCTORAL AWARDS: The School is part of the AHRC Funded Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Programme that will fund a number of PhD studentships across various topics in the Arts and Humanities. Many areas of expertise in the School such as Philosophy, Political History and Cultural Studies are closely related to the Arts and Humanities, and are therefore eligible to be considered for this funding. The logistics of supervisory arrangements and how to apply for these studentships can be found on the NBDTP webpage here: http://www.northernbridge.ac.uk/studentships/
The deadline for AHRC Doctoral Awards is 5 pm, 17 February 2014. Students interested in this opportunity should go to the NBDTP webpages http://www.northernbridge.ac.uk/
4) CHINA SCHOLARSHIPS: The University will be offering ten fully funded China Scholarship Council awards. These are for students who are citizens of the People's Republic of China and is an open competition. The deadline for applications to Queen’s is Friday, 31st January 2014. Further information on these Scholarships can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/StudyatQueens/InternationalStudents/InternationalScholarships/QueensUniversityChinaScholarshipCouncilPhDScholarships/.