City University London Politics

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City University London Politics

City’s International Politics research degree is highly relevant for understanding the complex issues of power, social change and policy-making in the world today.

Entry requirements


The International Politics research degree is intended to produce scholars who have the analytical and methodological skills to design independent research projects, generate publications that advance substantive and theoretical knowledge and understanding and who are able to teach at university level. The substantive and methodological nature of the PhD programme, the diverse research interests of staff members and our London location have resulted in the completion of a range of innovative doctoral dissertations.

The programme attracts students from a variety of geographical locations, meaning that you are part of a cosmopolitan research community. Since its establishment in 2005, the Department of International Politics at has expanded rapidly, building a growing group of scholars who conduct cutting edge research on a variety of topics in the discipline of international relations and related fields.

Research in International Politics at City has a strong inter-disciplinary focus and our research staff collaborate with academic staff at universities across the UK and internationally. Our faculty has expertise in a broad range of topics related to international affairs, politics, and political economy.

You will become part of a stimulating research environment by participating in the activities of the School’s research centres: the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) and the City Political Economy Research Centre (CITYPERC).

The current research interests of our staff can be found on our staff profile pages.

The profiles of our current PhD students and recently completed PhDs can be found on our research students pages.