Expert supervision, in a supportive research environment Expert supervision, in a supportive research environment

With expert supervision, a supportive research environment, high levels of student satisfaction and high-quality research training*, we welcome applications from well-qualified candidates to our MPhil/PhD programmes and our Masters by Research.

We supervise topics ranging across political science and international relations.  We particularly encourage students whose research interests will complement or extend our expertise in three general areas:

  • Critical Global Politics: this includes foreign policy, global media, regional governance, borders, politics and religion, international security, international law, human rights and migration, theorizing global cities and global political economy.
  • Politics and Public Policy: this includes the politics of the EU, theories of the policy process, normative and critical political theory, British political issues and ideologies, environmental policy, international aviation, EU as an external actor, competition policy and regulation.
  • Cultural Politics, Communications and Media: this includes cultural politics, media culture and identity, media events and rituals, media and globalisation, communications and media, public service broadcasting, competition policy and regulation, copyright and new business models in the creative industries, new media and society, political communication, international communication, language and politics, interculturalism, and contemporary cultural and political theory.

We have strong links with UEA staff from other Schools in the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences (including History, Art, Media & American Studies, Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, International Development), and the School of Economics, Norwich Business School and the Law School through the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy. These relationships enable us to supervise students wishing to write their theses on areas that cross disciplinary boundaries.

In addition to supervision, we offer support for research students including a dedicated Postgraduate research seminar. This gives you the opportunity to present your research, hear feedback and receive advice on various aspects of researching, writing and submitting a PhD thesis.

As one of our research students, you will also be invited to our weekly research seminar addressed by guest speakers, as well as interdisciplinary workshops and conferences.

In addition to Scholarships and Faculty studentships, we can provide financial support to help you join professional associations, attend conferences and undertake research fieldwork.

While all applications for our Postgraduate Degrees are handled by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Graduate School, there are specific requirements for applications to Politics. 

*Politics at UEA scored very highly in the Higher Education Academy's autumn 2013 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey. Students were especially satisfied with supervision, research culture, progress and assessment, and research skills.