We aim to create a sense of community among our research students, encouraging you to appreciate the variety within political science by engaging in discussion with colleagues whose research topics are very different from your own. If you join the department to undertake research you will have both a supervisor and an adviser, or if appropriate, two supervisors. Your adviser provides an alternative source of advice and also gives you wider contact with the Department.
In the first year of your research programme you attend the department's doctoral programme seminar. The Department is closely associated with the work of the School's Methodology Institute. We will advise you about additional training appropriate to your project.
There are regular graduate seminars in each of the department's subject areas. From the second year onwards you attend one of the following workshops: Political Theory, Political Economy and and Public Policy, Comparative Politics, European Politics and Policy, or Ethnicity and Nationalism. You may also attend a workshop in your first year. We review your progress annually, if you successfully pass your review in the Summer Term of your first year you will be upgraded to PhD status.
The research proposal, which must be of approximately 3,000 words, is absolutely crucial to the success of your application. You need to have more than a vaguely defined research topic. The proposal should include a working title and set of questions; a discussion of your proposed approach, with a brief critical survey of the key sources you already know, and an identification of those you intend to use; a brief account of current debate within the field and the strengths and limitations of existing work; an indication of the methods you intend to use in order to pursue this particular research.