Doctoral research

The Department has more than fifty PhD students working on a wide variety of research topics in Political Science and International Studies. Our PhD students are at the core of our research culture, organising their own weekly research colloquium, setting research group agendas, participating at the weekly Departmental Research Seminar, helping to organise conferences and workshops, and engaging in undergraduate teaching.

All full-time doctoral students have their own workspace and access to computers, photocopying, fax and telephones. The Department has research funds to support student participation in UK conferences. The University library is one of the best in the UK.

Research degrees offered:

The Department is able to supervise a wide range of topics, in line with the research interests of the teaching staff in Political Science and International Studies. In broad terms the research work of the Department is ordered via a series of Research Groups.

Research degree fees

Research degree fees 2017-18
Fee band Full time Part time
Home/EU students £4,180* £2,090
Overseas students (Band D) £15,210 -
*Research fees also apply to combined research and taught programmes unless otherwise indicated.

PhD by Distance Learning

PhD by distance learning 2016-17
Fee band Part time
Home/EU students £2,055
Overseas students (Band D) £6,840

Research degree information:


Note: For the most up-to-date information on fees, please contact the Department directly.

Further information

Contact: Dr Jamie Gaskarth, Email: j.b.gaskarth@bham.ac.uk.