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. Download our brochure here for information about the research interests of our staff.

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.
  • Policy, Institutions and Theory: this includes political activism and citizens, legislative politics, voting behaviour, applied ethics, the EU administration, the EU and its member states, electoral management and administration, competition policy and regulation, environmental policy, policy appraisal, and political leadership.
  • 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. 

The SENSS Doctoral Training Partnership

As a member of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS), a social sciences focused research and doctoral training partnership (DTP) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UEA will be offering fully-funded doctoral studentships over the next six years across 12 different training pathways.

SeNSS will enable doctoral students to build strong relationships with both academic, user, and practitioner networks at a number of different levels. The consortium already contains over 200 existing partnerships with external organizations and opportunities to engage with these organizations are embedded in the design of its various training pathways and cohort development opportunities. UEA's doctoral students will also be able to access excellent research, transferable skills, and advanced training, provisioned in their home institution and across the other nine consortium institutions (which include the Universities of Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Reading, Royal Holloway, Goldsmiths College, Roehampton, and City University).

Applications are now open for full and part-time +3 (PhD) and 1+3 (Masters and PhD) ESRC funded studentships due to begin their studies in October 2020.

Follow this link for more information about SeNSS. Further details about the Application Process can be found here.

*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.


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The SENSS Doctoral Training Partnership The SENSS Doctoral Training Partnership

The University of East Anglia invites applications for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded studentship awards for the 2020-21 academic year. The 2020-21 SeNSS DTP studentship competition is now closed. The deadline for applications to UEA was midnight on Monday 20 January 2020.

Please consider applying next year. Information about deadlines will be posted in due course. Follow this link for more information about SeNSS. Further details about the Application Process can be found here.