Research and education in the School are driven by a concern to encourage innovative and critically incisive ways of thinking about a wide range of problems we encounter as citizens and as human beings.
The subjects we research in the School all contribute to the scholarly investigation of these challenges. The School is proud to be part of the driving force in Northern Ireland's cultural, political and intellectual renaissance.
We pride ourselves on our global outlook within the School. This is reflected in our wide range of international partners and in the diverse nationalities represented across the staff and student bodies. The School hosts international visitors and speakers throughout each academic year and students benefit from the wide range of national and international topics being discussed and researched within the school.
We Are World-Leading
Research Excellence Framework – REF 2014 assessment confirmed the School's standing as one of the leading centres in the UK for world-class research in Politics, International Studies and Philosophy. In terms of
'research intensity' – a measure of the quality of the research across all academic staff in the School – both Politics and International Studies and Philosophy were ranked by Times Higher Education in the top ten units in the United Kingdom
About the Programme
The aim of the programme is to produce students who are fully-fledged independent researchers, and students are from the outset given encouragement to disseminate their work at seminars and conferences and by publishing in high-quality locations. The programme culminates in the submission of an 80,000-word dissertation.
The School has a strong international reputation for innovative research, across a wide range of specialist research strengths:
• Contemporary Irish Political History
• Governance and Public Policy, with a particular emphasis on European Union politics, public opinion, gender studies, governance.
• Security, Terrorism and International Relations.
• Political Theory, particularly green political thought, post-structuralism, democratic political theory and the politics of recognition.
In each of these, important and pioneering work has been published by members of staff and major projects of research are ongoing. In addition, the School is committed to the supervision of high-quality research students in all areas.
A flourishing programme of events, seminars, and research groups complements our postgraduate courses and doctoral supervision.
Our world-class academics provide research students with excellent supervision. Learn more about our expertise and click here to find a Phd supervisor and explore research areas.
The School boasts the Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics works to promote women's contribution to politics, government and public decision making in the UK and Ireland.
Mode of study/duration
Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).
You will be a member of a vibrant graduate community which hosts regular lectures, seminars and conferences and will be encouraged to present the results of your research at these events and more widely at international conferences and workshops.
Queen's students also have the opportunity to attend rich variety of public lectures and research seminars available within the School and in other parts of the university. Postgraduates thus have the opportunity to become fully part of a programme of active political research in an atmosphere of wide ranging intellectual interchange and enquiry.
We provide a challenging intellectual atmosphere for our postgraduates. You'll see our thriving research culture yourself, through visits and talks, conferences and workshops, reading groups and the staff seminar series.
Our PhD student body reflects a growing and diverse global community giving you near unrivalled opportunities to make new friends, debate aspects of your research with a substantial peer group, and begin making those networks that will stand you in good stead throughout you careers.
You'll become part of our vibrant postgraduate research culture, focused on areas including contemporary Irish political history, governance and public policy, security, terrorism and international relations, and philosophy and political theory.
The postgraduate community within the School is lively, energetic and diverse and, contribute enormously to the research culture of the school. It includes many of our own graduates, as well as graduates of British and Irish universities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oxford, and UCD, and international institutions such as Princeton, Georgetown and Minzu University Beijing.