Politics and International Studies (PhD)

2021-22 (also available for 2022-23)

This course is eligible for Doctoral loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

20 September 2021

17 January 2022

25 April 2022

Duration

The maximum duration for a full-time PhD is 3 years (36 months) or part-time is 6 years (72 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 12 months.

Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.

If studying on a part-time basis, you must establish close links with the University and spend normally not less than an average of 10 working days per year in the university, excluding participation in activities associated with enrolment, re-registration and progression monitoring. You are also expected to dedicate 17.5 hours per week to the research.

Application deadlines

For October 2021

02 July 2021

For January 2022

22 October 2021 International and Scholarship students

19 November 2021 Home students

For April 2022

28 January 2022 International and Scholarship students

25 February 2022 Home students

About the research degree

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. This programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge.

A full time PhD is a three year programme of research and culminates in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 80,000 words.

Completing a PhD can give you a great sense of personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills which will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contributing to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.

Entry requirements

The normal level of attainment required for consideration for entry is:

  • a Master's degree from a UK University or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or
  • an upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed, or
  • appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Why choose Huddersfield?


There are many reasons to choose the University of Huddersfield and here are just five of them:

 

  1. We were named University of the Year by Times Higher Education in 2013.
  2. Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Authority.
  3. Our courses have been accredited by 41 professional bodies.
  4. 94.6% of our postgraduate students go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.
  5. We have world-leading applied research groups in Biomedical Sciences, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities.

 

What can I research?

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below examples of research areas including an outline of the topics, the supervisor, funding information and eligibility criteria:

Outline

One of the enduring principles of participation on the internet is that it can be carried out either a) anonymously, or b) using an avatar/nom de plume. This project aims to analyse the utility of this for citizenship by utilising the ethical wrtings of J.S. Mill, particularly his work on public voting and liberty.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Southern Criminology is a theoretical perspective that shifts the focus from the state criminal justice process to global inequalities, transnational crime, and postcolonial politics. Comparative and Transnational Criminology goes beyond normative analysis to explore problems that do not belong exclusively in one place or another and can therefore only be understood by analysing linkages between places. The key to this is the observation that things happening in one locality are increasingly shaped by events occurring many miles away and vice-versa.

Doctoral research projects in this field should address the tension between traditional security theories that focused on the security of states, inter-state conflict, power politics, and global alliances; with more critical and human security perspectives where the central position of state security and power politics have been contested both theoretically and methodological. Projects exploring case studies from Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America will be more than welcome for consideration.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

We welcome research proposals which address the themes of radicalisation (across a range of ideological milieus e.g. Islamism, the far-right, far-left, or mixed/unclear ideologies), counter-radicalisation policies and strategies, and issues relating to extremism and freedom of expression. This might include examining the PREVENT strategy or other similar initiatives in other countries, or counter-narrative approaches in the United Kingdom or elsewhere. We also welcome topics which explore non-violent forms of radical political action and mobilisation.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/ scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

The relationship between transitional justice, disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration (DDR) and peacebuilding can be understood as a component of the research field of human rights, focusing particularly on the area of the studies that explore particular contested relationships of political, cultural, and social collective actions making in the aftermath of armed conflicts or authoritarianism.

Doctoral research projects in this field can address theoretical and methodological frameworks to understand how contemporary actions of victims’ social solidarity can and should be known and acted upon in transitional justice scenarios; and what justice, reparation, and reconciliation are and what must be done with it in the wake of atrocities and suffering.

Reserarch projects questioning or exploring how the four traditional elements of transitional justice (truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence) are interrelated in particular cases studies, or initiatives understanding the link between transitional justice and peacebuilding, are more than welcome.

Also, projects questioning by what means victims’ social actions can be understood as an exercise of social agency by survivors of armed conflicts and how these actions can dispute traditional approaches to the legalism of the justice of transitional justice (in order to explore novel social mechanisms of reparation beyond truth commissions, tribunals, and trials) will have special attention to be supervised.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Social enterprise plays an important role in society. Governments in different countries across the world have interesting and innovative strategies regarding social enterprise. The aim of this proposed project is to examine how social enterprises work in two countries from the developing world.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

To explore the diverse manifestations of youth citizenship in terms of its political, cultural, and socio-economic framing. In particular, exploring youth democratic engagement, participation, education, and transitions to adulthood. Proposals exploring youth identities, political reforms such as ‘Votes at 16’, the politics of history and citizenship education, and the changing rights and responsibilities of young people would be particularly welcome.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Applications are welcome for a diverse range of specialist topics and areas of expertise. We would especially welcome applications for topics in which the proposed research is in line with the research priorities of the School of Human and Health Sciences.

To find out more about the research we conduct, take a look at our Research, Innovation and Skills webpages, where you will find information on each research area. To find out about our staff visit ‘Our experts’ which features profiles of all our academic staff.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Researcher Environment

The University of Huddersfield has a thriving research community made up of over 1,350 postgraduate research students. We have students studying on a part-time and full-time basis from all over the world with around 43% from overseas and 57% from the UK.

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through undertaking research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills which are current and relevant to your specialist area.

[Find out more about our research staff and centres|http://www.hud.ac.uk/research/]

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

When you are offered a place on a research degree, your offer will include confirmation of your supervisory team, and the topic you will be researching.

Whilst the University will use reasonable efforts to ensure your supervisory team remains the same, sometimes it may be necessary to make changes to your team for reasons outside the University’s control, for example if your supervisor leaves the University, or suffers from long term illness. Where this is the case, we will discuss these difficulties with you and seek to either put in place a new supervisory team, or help you to transfer to another research facility, in accordance with our Student Protection Plan.

Changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, for example the University being unable to access its buildings due to fire, flood or pandemic, or the University no longer being able to provide specialist equipment. Where this is the case, we will discuss these issues with you and agree any necessary changes.

Your research project is likely to evolve as you work on it and these minor changes are a natural and expected part of your study. However, we may need to make more significant changes to your topic of research during the course of your studies, either because your area of interest has changed, or because for reasons outside the University’s control we can no longer support your research. If this is the case, we will discuss any changes in topic with you and agree these in writing. If you are an international student, changing topics may affect your visa or ATAS clearance and if this is the case we will discuss this with you before any changes are agreed.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by the University’s Terms and Conditions and a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.