Politics and international relations research degrees

Our postgraduate research in politics and international relations including entry requirements for PhDs and other research degrees.

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Politics and international relations academics at Dundee have particular strength in international politics and are part of the wider School of Social Sciences. To read more, please visit our Politics and International Relations research web pages.

Our research interests include:

  • peace and security in international relations
  • international relations theory and international and supranational organisations
  • European Union politics 
  • the impact of processes of European Integration and globalisation on parties of the European Left
  • terrorism, counter-terrorism, and policing
  • asylum, migration and borders
  • human rights
  • sexual politics
  • public policy decision making relating to protection of citizens
  • the global drugs problem and related policies
  • law enforcement strategies
  • democratic consolidation
  • regional and local politics in Russia
  • Irish politics
  • Sub-Saharan African politics: liberation movements, nationalism, the 'invention' of traditions, post-colonial governance
  • Middle Eastern politics

Current research topics include:

  • Responding to human rights abuses during conflict in Africa Human rights and foreign policy - the case of Scotland The international drug control regime – can it survive in its present form?
  • European drug policies and the prevention of mortality from illicit drug use EU-China and UK-China relations post-Brexit The EU-US-China strategic triangle in the 21st Century

Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree at 2.1 or above, and a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.

English language requirements

IELTS (overall) Reading Listening Speaking Writing
6.5 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.5

We also accept other English language qualifications

You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you are a national of certain countries.

Don't meet the English language requirements?

English language programmes

Prepare for university study and benefit from extra English tuition with an English language programme.

Apply for a research degree

You can apply for a PhD or other postgraduate research degree using our Direct Application System.

We have three start dates per academic year.

PhD Politics & International Relations (3 years)

PhD Politics & International Relations (3 years) (part time)

PhD Politics & International Relations (4 years)

PhD Politics & International Relations (part time)

The University of Dundee welcomes applications from disabled students.