Politics, International Studies and Philosophy (PhD)

Queen's University Belfast the United Kingdom

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About Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen's University Belfast

The School has a strong international reputation for innovative research, across a wide range of specialist research strengths. In each of these, important and pioneering work has been published by members of staff and major projects of research are ongoing. In addition, the School is committed to the supervision of high-quality research students in all areas of politics, philosophy and international politics and to enhancing its vibrant postgraduate research culture.

Research Strengths

The research interests of the School and the expertise of its staff include:

  • Contemporary Irish Political History
  • Governance and Public Policy, with a particular emphasis on European Union politics, public opinion, gender studies, governance.
  • Security, Terrorism and International Relations
  • Philosophy, with a particular emphasis on metaphysics, philosophy of mind,  logic,  epistemology, moral and political philosophy
  • Political Theory, particularly green political thought, post-structuralism, democratic political theory and the politics of recognition.

" 'The training and supervision I received completely transformed how I understand and engage with the world. The School gave me the intellectual, professional and financial support I needed and, with their help, I secured an AHRC postdoctoral fellowship to go to Japan. Queen's is a one-of-a-kind place!'"Dr Shine Choi,
Assistant Professor at the Croft Institute for International Studies, University of Mississippi, USA

Career Prospects

PhD and MPhil graduates from our School have taken up careers in a variety of spheres. Many have gained lecturing or postdoctoral research positions at Universities and Research Institutes in the UK, Ireland, Europe and America. We also have graduates now working in local and regional government, the Electoral Commission, the media, and for international humanitarian NGOs and charities.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

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Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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For tuition fee information see //www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/

PhD Funded Studentships
We offer fully funded studentships to outstanding postgraduate researchers across our three faculties and five Doctoral Training Centres.

A number of funding opportunities for PhD research are available in the School. These include:

  • DEL PhD Studentship awards - the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) invites applications every year for these awards which are funded by Northern Ireland's Department of Education and Learning. Any subject area of AHSS is eligible as long as you meet the other criteria.
  • Northern Bridge Studentships - specific opportunities for 'Humanities Facing' subject areas which include, but are not limited to, Philosophy, Political Theory, Political History, Diplomatic History, Cultural Studies, Aesthetics and Politics.
  • Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Cybersecurity and Society (LINCS) - funds PhD studentships in the cross-disciplinary study of cybersecurity and society.

For further fees and funding information available via the University, please see the University's Graduate School website.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

International Qualifications

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Additional Information for International Students

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.

*Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

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