Aberystwyth University PHD

Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University PHD

Aberystwyth University PHD programme is among the most successful in the world. Students undertaking PhD research are an integral part of the Department’s renowned research culture. Their considerable achievements are indicated in several prize winning theses, high quality published work, and success in the job market.

The Department was ranked 7th overall and 5th in terms of world-leading research (with 44% of research submission judged as world-leading and 32% internationally excellent) (REF 2014). This commitment to research excellence is supported by unparalleled departmental support and the best supervision practices in the field.

An internationally recognised group of scholars are experienced in supervising original PhD research falling into several broad areas:

  • ‌Foreign and Defence Policy
  • European and Welsh Politics
  • International Relations Theory
  • Normative International Theory
  • Postcolonialism
  • Intelligence Studies
  • International History
  • Military History
  • Cold War History
  • Security Studies
  • Strategic Studies
  • Third World
  • Global Health

The Department welcomes PhD research projects that address one or more of these areas or which adopt an inter-disciplinary approach.  Equally welcome are projects that challenge the traditional cartography of the discipline by drawing on unorthodox ideas and approaches. To apply for a place on the PhD programme you will need a to prepare a research proposal, complete an application form and provide two references.

How to Apply
Step 1. Prepare a research proposal (1,500 words), these Research Proposal Guidelines may help you compose and/or refine your proposal. While there is no expectation for you to do so, you may wish to contact our Director of Graduate Studies if you require any further assistance or advice or if you want to discuss how well your topic ‘fits’ with the research expertise of our staff.
Step 2. Submit your formal application. Forms can be downloaded and printed from the Postgraduate Admissions Office website and sent by email to pg-admissions@aber.ac.uk or by hardcopy. You can also apply online via UKPASS.


Applicants wishing to be considered for funding must submit all application materials no later than Friday, 27 January 2017. Applications received after this deadline will be ineligible for University, Departmental, or Research Council funding. Self-funded applicants intending to start in 2016-17 need to submit all application materials by August 1, 2017.


An interview is an integral part of the application process. Applicants who progress to the second stage of the application process will be interviewed in person or by Skype. The interview is also a central part of the process of determining the allocation of funding.