University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

Politics and International Relations

Asia-Pacific: 4 key themes have been identified for concentrated activity: elections, political communication, social movements and security issues. Europe and European Integration: the work of the Centre for the Study of European Governance (CSEG) focuses on 3 areas: the institutional design of European security, representation and political parties, and industrial relations. Centre research focuses on core executives, labour markets, political parties and non-governmental organisations. Democratisation and regime transition: work on transitions to democracy in relation to a range of European and other countries is accompanied by major research on institutional design, state capacity and the policy process, political corruption and the nature of the modern state. Other work, such as peace-keeping, civil society and human rights under circumstances of regime transition is a central theme of this research area. There is also comparative research on failed states, children's rights, democratisation and social movements; diplomacy and international security. Particular areas of expertise include Anglo-American relations, diplomatic history, secret intelligence, security relations and the causes of war, peace and neutrality. Contemporary political theory: this group specialises in European and North American contemporary political thought. Topics include work on ecological thought, feminist utopian thought, intentional communities, equal opportunities and social theory and the welfare state. Individual thinkers covered include Agnes Heller, Jacques Lacan and John Rawls. There is a strong emphasis on the interface with social policy and public administration, with work on citizenship, grass root activists, the New Right, the role of think-tanks and policy advisers in national and international perspective, BSE and bio-risk; global justice and social movements: the centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice invites applications for doctoral research in the areas of the global civil society, new forms of democratic participation and the closely related emergence of new social movements and their struggle against neo-liberal globalisation. British Politics: in particular, projects on British political parties, party leadership elections, MPs at Westminster and public sector reform are encouraged.

Course modules

Assessment methods


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 3 years
PhD Part-time - 6 years
MPhil Full-time - 2 years
MPhil Part-time - 4 years

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Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University Park Campus Nottingham NG7 2RJ East Midlands

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