European Research PhD/MPhil

Our overall aim is to gain a fuller understanding of the processes of change that are shaping Europe, as a former communist and still fragmented East and a more tightly integrated West engage increasingly intensively with each other. Our research activities are focused on the following key areas: East meets West; Organising Europe; Comparative governance; and Changing notions of citizenship in Europe.

More information about how to apply for an ESRC scholarship.

PhD scholarships available

Course fact file

Type of Course: Doctoral research

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: PhD – 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time; MPhil – 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

Start date: September

Contact

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Admissions Tutor: Dr Adam Quinn 

PGR Admissions Contact:
Tricia Carr
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 3497
Email: p.a.carr@bham.ac.uk

Details

Our overall aim is to gain a fuller understanding of the processes of change that are shaping Europe, as a former communist and still fragmented East and a more tightly integrated West engage increasingly intensively with each other.

Our research activities are focused on, but not confined to, the following key areas:

  • East meets West
  • Organising Europe
  • Comparative governance
  • Changing notions of citizenship in Europe

Our staff have wide experience in research methodology, in particular in relation to completing dissertations and PhD theses.

Fees and funding

Standard fees apply.
Learn more about fees and funding.

Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available, please contact the Department directly.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

For more information visit studenthelp.bham.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

For doctoral programmes you require a good Honours degree (UK high upper second; USA GPA 3.40), and a good research proposal.

Learn more about entry requirements and see our General Guidance for PhD Applications (PDF 190KB).

International students:

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements.

How to apply

Learn more about applying
www.apply.bham.ac.uk

Contact

Got a question? Find your answers here.

Admissions Tutor: Dr Adam Quinn 

PGR Admissions Contact:
Tricia Carr
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 3497
Email: p.a.carr@bham.ac.uk

Contact

Got a question? Find your answers here.

Admissions Tutor: Dr Adam Quinn 

PGR Admissions Contact:
Tricia Carr
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 3497
Email: p.a.carr@bham.ac.uk

Employability

If I gain a postgraduate research degree in this area, what are my career prospects?

The University of Birmingham has recently been ranked 9th in the UK, and 55th in the world, for post-qualification employability in a global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

This PhD programme is run by the University’s Department for Political Science and International Studies. Over the last five years, 91.4% of our Political Science and International Studies postgraduates have been in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

Birmingham’s Political Science and International Studies graduates develop transferable skills that are useful in many occupations. These include familiarity with research methods; the ability to manage large and diverse quantities of information; the ability to organise information in a logical and coherent manner; judging and evaluating complex information; and making reasoned arguments, both orally, in tutorials and presentations, and in written work. There are many careers where a political science and international studies degree is useful and past graduates have entered areas including commercial management, finance, administration, politics, and even the armed forces. Some of our PhD graduates also continue onto successful careers in academic research and teaching.

What type of career assistance is available to doctoral researchers in this department?

The College of Social Sciences, to which the Department of Political Science and International Studies belongs, has specially designated careers advisors and careers consultants who can provide guidance for doctoral researchers on career paths, CVs, training opportunities, application and interviews. The University’s central Careers’ Service also runs workshops and offers personally tailored advice and guidance including 1-1 careers advice, 1-1 CV advice. The Career’s Service also runs CV writing workshops especially for postgraduates in the College of Social Sciences, giving advice on how to compile CVs for both employment and for academic roles.

The University also has dedicated careers advisors for International students who run workshops and networking opportunities with potential employers. These are especially popular with International postgraduate researchers.

Contact

Got a question? Find your answers here.

Admissions Tutor: Dr Adam Quinn 

PGR Admissions Contact:
Tricia Carr
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 3497
Email: p.a.carr@bham.ac.uk