School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics


Our Single Honours Degree Pathways

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informative, intellectually stimulating and rewarding

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International Politics and Conflict Studies

Explore political issues in the international arena

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Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Intellectual versatility and dexterity

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What our students say

James Hurley - Legislative Studies and Practice

"The faculty and staff were incredibly supportive throughout the year, and the engagement inside and outside the classroom was something I will treasure."

Our Joint Honours Degree Programmes

International Studies

French and International Studies Go to Course
History and International Studies Go to Course
International Studies and Irish Go to Course
International Studies and Politics Go to Course
International Studies and Spanish Go to Course


English and Politics Go to Course
French and Politics Go to Course
History and Politics Go to Course
Irish and Politics Go to Course
Law with Politics Go to Course
Politics and Spanish Go to Course
International Studies and Politics Go to Course
Philosophy and Politics Go to Course

Postgraduate Taught

The School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics prides itself on providing an exceptional education experience in an exceptional city.  We are proud to offer a range of taught postgraduate degree programmes, all driven by a concern to encourage innovative and critically incisive ways of thinking about a wide range of problems we encounter as citizens and human beings.

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new programme

This examines the significance of global borders with respect to contemporary security issues. It provides students with a solid grounding in Critical Security Studies and Border Studies, and compliments academic study with a dedicated borders internship at sites such as international airports, customs, government institutions and NGOs.

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International Relations

Dealing with the nature of changing relations between states and non-state actors and studying the functioning of the international system.

This programme will equip you with the tools to examine, explain and understand the issues, topics and processes that make up our world: from security and terrorism, migration and mobility, to global financial crises.

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Legislative Studies and Practice

This unique programme provides an opportunity to gain transferable professional skills by combining academic study with working in a devolved legislature.

Develop your analytical, communication and research skills with this programme's distinctive blend of work placement in the Northern Ireland Assembly and advanced academic study of devolved government and EU politics.

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Inspired by the political vitality of Belfast - an ideal location to study politics - this programme is renowned for its excellence across Ireland,the UK, the EU & beyond

Our MA in Politics draws on the unique range of country and conceptual expertise in the School to provide a programme which builds on core political analysis to allow you to tailor your academic module selection to suit individual expectations and interests

MA Politics

Violence Terrorism and Security

With the rise of groups like ISIS & the legacies of 9/11 & al-Qaeda, the study of Violence, Terrorism & Security is at forefront of academic, policy-making, media & popular debate.

This programme provides dynamic and critical study in Violence, Terrorism and Security. Its aim is to help students develop a critical and analytical approach to problems in the contemporary world of these three areas. It challenges accepted wisdom and opens up the debate about the role of violence in relation to political power in the current era.

MA Violence, Terrorism & Security

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MSc Public Policy

A multi-disciplinary programme of executive education for public servants

Our premium Public Policy degree focuses on the development of professional knowledge, competence and skills, and personal leadership. and is based on the idea of public service as a distinctive and professional activity, which makes a vital contribution to the quality of democratic governance that must be continually improved.

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Entry Criteria

The School of History, Anthropology, Phiosophy and Politics normally requires applicants for MA programmes to have a 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent recognised qualification in a Social Sciences, Humanities or Arts subject, or a 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent recognised qualification in any subject with relevant professional experience.

In line with University Regulations there is a language requirement for applicants whose first language is not English (IELTS 6.5 or approved equivalent.)

Application Deadlines

Applications for programmes are still being accepted subject to places being available. Please apply through the admissions portal and the admissions team will contact you as soon as possible. It should be noted that applications from international students may not be accepted after 31 August 2017, to enable sufficient time for all related documentation to be processed.

To apply for any of our postgraduate courses, you should submit an online application.


If you would like any further information on the content of any of our postgraduate taught programmes, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant programme convenor.

International Relations Dr Dan Bulley
Legislative Studies and Practice Dr Elodie Fabre
Politics Dr Keith Breen
Public Policy Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh
Violence, Terrorism and Security Prof Beverley Milton-Edwards


For all other enquiries on the application process, our Postgraduate Administrator, Gareth Amos will be happy to help.

Postgraduate Research (PHD AND MPHIL)

General Information

The School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics 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 History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politicshas 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 the School. 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.

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PGR Scholarships

Funding opportunities for postgraduate research students

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How do I apply?

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:

  • AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE: The school normally requires an Undergraduate degree of a high 2:2 standard or above, or a 3.3 CGPA or equivalent. The UG degree can be in any area of Politics, International Studies, European Studies or Philosophy, any cognate or related subject area, or any interdisciplinary field crossing any of these relevant areas.
  • A MASTERS DEGREE: The school normally requires a successfully completed taught postgraduate degree (MA), or for candidates to be in the process of completing an MA at the time of application. The MA degree can be in any area of Politics, International Studies, European Studies or Philosophy, any cognate or related subject area, or any interdisciplinary field crossing any of these relevant areas.
  • TWO ACADEMIC REFERENCES: The School requires two good references from academics indicating that the candidate has the intellectual, professional and academic ability to undertake doctoral research.
  • A RESEARCH PROPOSAL: The School requires a high quality, viable and original research proposal that will be submitted with the application form. Please note that this is a particularly important part of your application, and will decisively influence the decision about your admission.  If you have consulted with any members of staff within the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, please mention this in your proposal outline as well. The research proposal will be assessed by independent subject-specialists within the School who will comment not only on its quality and originality, but also on the scope of the project and its potential to be completed within the relevant time limit for full-time or part-time students respectively. The research proposal should be 1500 - 2000 words (not including the bibliography) and it should address the following:
    • Research Question: Include a clear statement about your topic and why it is important to study. Different ways to phrase this statement include a research question, a hypothesis to be proven / disproven, a proposition, a problem to be solved, or a research puzzle. Whatever approach you take, you must be absolutely clear about your topic and research area.
    • Research Context & Justification: Include a clear justification as to why this topic is important to study in the general areas of Politics, International Studies or Philosophy, or alongside any interdisciplinary areas your topic covers. This will include a discussion of the research context of your topic, and a statement about one or more of the following: why you think the research is worth doing, what difference you think your research will make, what ‘added value’ your project will bring, and/or why this research excites you.
    • Relevant Literature: Include a brief critical assessment of the existing literature on your topic, covering its strengths and weaknesses. This must show your knowledge and understanding of the key debates, but more importantly, demonstrate an independent view about them. This is where you can identify a ‘gap’ in the existing research (which your project intends to fill) by asking how your work supports or contests the work of others, how it might re-conceptualize the literature, and how this relates to the expertise within the School.
    • Methodology: Include a statement about how you will go about conducting your research. This section will vary significantly depending on the type of project you are working on, for example, more empirical projects may include details about data collection, measurement and analysis (e.g. quantitative or qualitative research methods), whereas more conceptual, theoretical or philosophical projects may include more detail on specific thinkers, traditions or epistemologies. Whatever your project, you must address issues of research design and methodology.
    • Time-Line: Include a brief indication of how you intend to complete the research within the allotted time. You should consider what you will be doing in each year of the project, and separate that into distinct stages (e.g. refining the proposal, literature, research training, field work, analysis, writing up)
    • Bibliography: Include an academic bibliography that supports your claims in the research proposal and demonstrates knowledge of the appropriate field.
  • IELTS SCORE OR 6.5 (where appropriate): All MPhil and PhD candidates must be fully proficient in written and spoken English. Where English is not the primary language, applicants will have to provide an IELTS score of 6.5 to be considered.
  • ACADEMIC FIT: The project must fit within the research expertise of the School so we can provide appropriate, available and suitably qualified staff to supervise the research project (i.e. at least one specialist in the chosen field). In the absence of such staff the application will be rejected for not having the required ‘academic fit’.

Applications for programmes are still being accepted subject to places being available.  Please apply through the admissions portal and the admissions team will contact you as soon as possible.

To apply for any of our postgraduate courses, you should submit an online application.

For questions regarding the application procedure, please contact the Postgraduate Administrator Gareth Amos,  who will be pleased to advise you on the procedure for submitting applications. For further information, see the University admissions information website .