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PhD Opportunities

Work and Freedom: Ethical and Political Perspectives

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics | PHD
Funding
Unfunded
Reference Number
HAPP-2021-1004
Application Deadline
None specified
Start Date
None specified

Overview

This PhD project will explore the realm of work and economic activity more generally in terms of its significance for human freedom along its various dimensions. The PhD candidate will research the value of freedom and how it is connected to and instanced in contemporary work in the formal (paid employment, self-employment) and informal economies (domestic work, care work, etc). The purpose of the project is to investigate the ways in which work both advances and hinders human freedom, especially in light of contemporary developments in work technologies and work organization.

This project will last for 3 years and will run alongside cognate research conducted by the political theory group within the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy, and Politics. The PhD candidate will be mentored by academic staff with specialisms in the ethics and philosophy of work and in wider political theory and philosophy. The ultimate goal of the project is to ascertain the ethical and political implications of work for the experience of freedom in contemporary societies and to determine how we should respond to those implications. The candidate will have the space to develop the project as best they see fit under supportive supervision. It is expected that the candidate will work closely with colleagues in the political theory group in organizing seminars and producing publications on the project topic.

Project Summary
Supervisor
Dr Keith Breen
Mode of Study

Full-time: 3 years

Part-time: 6 years


Funding Body
unfunded
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Politics overview

Research and education in the School are driven by a concern to encourage innovative and critically incisive ways of thinking about a wide range of problems we encounter as citizens and as human beings.

The subjects we research in the School all contribute to the scholarly investigation of these challenges. The School is proud to be part of the driving force in Northern Ireland’s cultural, political and intellectual renaissance.

We pride ourselves on our global outlook within the School. This is reflected in our wide range of international partners and in the diverse nationalities represented across the staff and student bodies. The School hosts international visitors and speakers throughout each academic year and students benefit from the wide range of national and international topics being discussed and researched within the school.

About the Programme
The aim of the programme is to produce students who are fully-fledged independent researchers, and students are from the outset given encouragement to disseminate their work at seminars and conferences and by publishing in high-quality locations. The programme culminates in the submission of an 80,000-word dissertation.

The School has a strong international reputation for innovative research, across a wide range of specialist research strengths:
•Contemporary Irish Political History
•Governance and Public Policy, with a particular emphasis on European Union politics, public opinion, gender studies, governance.
•Security, Terrorism and International Relations.
•Political Theory, particularly green political thought, post-structuralism, democratic political theory and the politics of recognition.

In each of these, important and pioneering work has been published by members of staff and major projects of research are ongoing. In addition, the School is committed to the supervision of high-quality research students in all areas.

Research Resources
The School boasts the Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics works to promote women’s contribution to politics, government and public decision making in the UK and Ireland.

Mode of study/duration
Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).

Community
We provide a challenging intellectual atmosphere for our postgraduates. You’ll see our thriving research culture yourself, through visits and talks, conferences and workshops, reading groups and the staff seminar series.

Our PhD student body reflects a growing and diverse global community giving you near unrivalled opportunities to make new friends, debate aspects of your research with a substantial peer group, and begin making those networks that will stand you in good stead throughout you careers.
You’ll become part of our vibrant postgraduate research culture, focused on areas including contemporary Irish political history, governance and public policy, security, terrorism and international relations, and philosophy and political theory.

The postgraduate community within the School is lively, energetic and diverse and, contribute enormously to the research culture of the school. It includes many of our own graduates, as well as graduates of British and Irish universities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oxford, and UCD, and international institutions such as Princeton, Georgetown and Minzu University Beijing.

Careers
We are proud of the students who have graduated with their doctorates. Where possible we stay in touch so that the link and relationships remain long after a student has left the School. View our alumni here.

Employability is at the heart of the Queen’s curriculum. Key to this is the delivery of a programme that fully equips all of its students to succeed in their careers and give them a competitive edge in the graduate job market. Social science graduates are in demand for their critical thinking skills as they are equipped to question received views and explore new approaches and solutions. Graduates of the School have found success in a wide range of careers including journalism, PR, marketing, policy research, social work, teaching, civil service and government posts.

Politics Highlights
Industry Links
  • With Queen’s being part of the ESRC Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership (“NINE DTP”) and the AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium, there are opportunities for co-supervised doctoral work with staff across several universities across the north of England and Northern Ireland. Further international collaboration is facilitated via the wide range of institutions and partners across the world with whom members of staff and PhD students work.
World Class Facilities
  • Queen’s was ranked 3rd out of 199 universities worldwide and 2nd out of 44 UK universities for our Graduate School.
Internationally Renowned Experts
  • Ours is an excellent department in which to pursue a wide range of postgraduate research projects in close collaboration with academic supervisors, leading to the degree of PhD. Our postgraduate community comprises over 40 part time and full-time research students whose research is facilitated by a range of supportive research centres including:

    •The Democracy Group
    •Centre for Gender in Politics
    •Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict
    •Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action
    •The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
Student Experience
  • HAPP has a flourishing programme of events, seminars, and research groups complements our postgraduate courses and doctoral supervision.
  • Queen’s is ranked 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).
Key Facts

  • HAPP has a flourishing programme of events, seminars, and research groups complements our postgraduate courses and doctoral supervision.
  • Politics was ranked joint 1st in the UK for Research Intensity (Complete University Guide 2021).
  • Queen’s is ranked in the top 75 universities in Europe for Teaching Excellent (Times Higher Education, 2019).
  • Queen’s is ranked 22nd in the world for international outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2020).
  • Queen’s is ranked in the top 140 in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020).

Course content

Research Information

Associated Research
Contemporary Irish Political History
Governance and Public Policy, with a particular emphasis on European Union politics, public opinion, gender studies, governance.
Security, Terrorism and International Relations
Philosophy, with a particular emphasis on metaphysics, philosophy of mind, logic, epistemology, moral and political philosophy
Political Theory, particularly green political thought, post-structuralism, democratic political theory and the politics of recognition.

Career Prospects

Introduction
For further information on career development opportunities at PhD level please contact the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Career Development Team on ahssdevoffice@qub.ac.uk / +44 28 9097 5175 Development Officers Cathy Wilson and Aileen Carson will be happy to provide further information on your research area career prospects.

People teaching you

Professor John Barry
Professor
HAPP
Email: j.barry@qub.ac.uk

Learning Outcomes

Course structure

You’ll become part of our vibrant postgraduate research culture, focused on areas including contemporary Irish political history, governance and public policy, security, terrorism and international relations, and philosophy and political theory.

You’ll see our thriving research culture yourself, through visits and talks, conferences and workshops, reading groups and the staff seminar series.

Entrance requirements

Graduate
The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £4,500
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £4,500
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £4,500
EU Other 3 £17,460
International £17,460

1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

For further information please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Politics costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.

How do I fund my study?
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The Government offers doctoral loans of up to £26,445 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes for English- or Welsh-resident UK and EU students, £10,000 for students in Scotland and up to £5,500 for Northern Ireland students.

4.International Scholarships

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