PhD Studentship in Politics and International Relations PhD

Politics, History and International Relations
Entry requirements:
3 years
not available
Reference number:
Start date:
01 July 2018
Is funding available?
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
31 January 2018



in the UK for research intensity

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total ESRC research grants


Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. 

Project detail

Applications are invited for a funded studentship in the Department of Politics, History and International Relations.

Internationally renowned for its research excellence, the University has a vibrant research student community of around 1200 students supported by a £6 million annual investment. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, every department was found to be undertaking research that is internationally recognised, with many regarded as ‘world leading’. The University is comfortably ranked in the top 20 of all major UK university league tables and was voted The Times Higher Education ‘Best Student Experience’ in England for the past six years. Social Science is listed in the top 100 THES 2018 world university rankings.

The Department is located in the School of Social, Political and Geographical Studies and our research contributes to two of the School’s major research themes: Politics, crime and governance and the Individual and the state. The Department hosts and is linked to many international research centres and groups. As part of the School, the Department is also a partner in the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership. Units in the School were identified by REF 2014 as has having a very strong research culture and innovation in research methodology.

The studentship is central to developing and sustaining the Department’s research strengths in critical international politics and war and peace studies.  We are also keen to recruit students to areas recognised as world-leading in REF 2014, including nationalism and migration and European comparative politics. 

You must contact the Department before submission to discuss your proposal. Research studentships should relate to PHIR staff expertise. As a research student you will be provided with research skills training and support from internationally recognised academics.

Find out more

For further project details email Audrey Pridmore/Deirdre Lombard or register your interest and ask us a question.

To find out more about the School of Politics, History and International Relations, visit our website.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Politics, History or International Relations or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree will be an advantage.

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements, details available on the website.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

The studentship is open to UK/EU graduates with backgrounds in relevant disciplines and who are articulate, well qualified and highly motivated. The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £14,553 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance. Studentships are for three years and all candidates will be expected to register by 1st July 2018.

How to apply

All applications should be made online.  Under programme name, select Politics, History and International Relations

Please quote reference number: PHIR/JULY18

Application details

Reference number: PHIR/JULY18
Application deadline: 31 January 2018
Start date: 01 July 2018 at the latest
Interview date: TBC