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Postgraduate research

Politics and international relations

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We supervise research across a range of areas, from political science and philosophy to public policy and global politics. Join a tight knit group of scholars exploring the latest events, theories, systems and policies shaping our world.


Our research is internationally recognised for its impact in a diverse range of areas from the governance of oceans to civic participation through citizen assemblies.

You'll have the opportunity to pursue your own research interests. We organise our research around 3 themes that represent our core strengths:

  • democratic governance
  • problems of global political society
  • research methods in political science

You'll gain a grounding in the aspects of political science related to your proposed topic. At least 2 academic supervisors will support and guide you along with other members of the supervisory team as you need them. You'll undergo training in a variety of research methods to help you think critically about your work.

You'll hear visiting speakers from around the world at research seminars and the annual lecture. The department's weekend conference is a chance to practice your presentation skills and explore contemporary political issues in a relaxed environment.

We'll support you in submitting articles to journals and in developing your public research profile. You may also be able to apply for teaching opportunities.

Main areas of research

We have expertise in areas such as the dynamics of trust in institutions of governance, the geopolitics of the semiconductor industry and the access to health services of forced migrants. 

We cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • democratic engagement
  • local governance
  • policy studies
  • political accountability
  • global justice
  • theories of citizenship
  • development
  • nuclear security
  • world government
  • globalisation

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