Doctoral research

We place great emphasis on the production of high quality research.

There are regular research students' workshops and conferences where you will meet other graduate research students in the School and wider College. Short courses are also available on a range of relevant research techniques, including the Internet as a research tool, bibliographic sources and IT skills.

Research degrees offered

We particularly welcome applications on the following themes

Democratic Local Governance

  • Citizen and community engagement
  • Participation
  • Local politics
  • Modes of local government working etc

Strategic Public Management

  • Public service reform
  • Strategic commissioning
  • Collaborative partnership working
  • Performance management
  • Public service outcomes

Studying part-time and full-time

We welcome applications from prospective students wishing to study both part-time and full-time. Part-time students should expect to spend the equivalent of 2 days per week on their research. One day per week during the first year will normally involve attendance at postgraduate modules. While full-time students should be able to devote the full working week to their studies. 
For more information contact: Louise Reardon email


You will be assigned two supervisors (a first and second supervisor) approximately fortnightly (monthly for part-time students) over the course of your study as well as informally more frequently within the department. Supervisors are experienced in managing the research process and are chosen to complement your area of interest. Staff in INLOGOV have regular contact with a wide range of local authorities and other governmental, voluntary sector and research bodies. Research students thus have access to extensive networks of contacts and access to research sites is rarely difficult.