Politics MPhil/PhD

Major code: PKPR


We can offer you a highly supportive research community in which to pursue your MPhil or PhD research degree. You'll be assigned a supervisor who's an expert in your area of study and there'll be plenty of opportunity to present your work to staff and fellow students.

Subject Overview

We are able to supervise postgraduate research in most fields of political studies, IR, European Integration and Europeanisation

  • European Union Politics
  • International Relations
  • American Politics
  • British Politics
  • Immigration politics
  • Caribbean Politics
  • Irish Politics
  • Latin American Politics
  • Electoral Studies
  • Politics of Eastern and Central Europe
  • Nationalism and Ethnicity
  • Public Policy
  • Politics of Mediterranean and the Middle East

Current Students

Our PhD students are currently working on the following topics:
  • Alex Woods ‘ Protocols on human trafficking’ 
  • Glynn Rankin ‘International Anti-Trafficking Expertise’ 
  • Andrew McCaldon ‘The Orange Order in N. Ireland’ 
  • Sean Haughey ‘ The Northern Ireland Assembly’ 
  • Kevin Rooney ‘Anti-Sectarian Legislation in Scotland’ 
  • Jasper Miles ‘The Labour Party and Electoral Reform’ 
  • Dawn DeCoteau ‘Corruption in Carribean Politics’ 
Most recently completed theses covered topics such as:  'Fiscal Sovereignty and Nationalist Politics in Spain;Christian Socialism as a Political Idelology; The role of religious parties in the Israeli party system and The Decline of Liverpool sectarianism.
Our current PhDs are working on topics ranging from Regional Identities in post-Yugoslav space, the issues around Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine,  to a variety of intriguing topics relating to British Elections, Politics and Ideologies.  

Key Facts

RAE 2008
70% of our research was graded ‘Internationally Excellent’ or ‘Internationally Recognised’ in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.

We're continuing to expand our work as a prominent, productive centre of internationally recognised research, linking political science and communication studies primarily through crossover interests in public communication within British and European political contexts.

Our heavy investment in postgraduate research has created a strong research student community, with supportive training and supervision. You'll be able to present your work at conferences and network with the rest of the University’s postgraduate research community.

All of this helps our MPhil and PhD students produce high quality work and complete their studies successfully.

The recently-extended University library is well-resourced, up-to-date and easy to use, with particularly good collections in Politics and allied subjects. There are multiple copies of all of the main teaching texts.

Why Politics?

Introduction to Politics at Liverpool

The department has a long and distinguished history of postgraduate education and training, providing a supportive teaching and learning environment in which students develop and thrive. We provide a friendly and encouraging atmosphere for students pursuing both taught and research programmes whilst maintaining high academic standards. We aim to facilitate productive dialogue between our postgraduate community and our staff and encourage a sense of common purpose. Completion rates are excellent and a large number of academic papers have been published from graduate students’ work.

Research-active staff

We offer a wide array of both general and specialist interests amongst our staff members. Staff are involved in developing their sub-discipline through the conduct of cutting-edge research, membership of subject associations, conference planning and editorial board membership of key journals. In addition to individual research expertise, the department has particular research strengths in the areas of European Politics and security, nationalism, British Politics, Irish Politics, Caribbean Politics, Latin American Politics, Media and Politics and Mediterranean Politics. Students can also pursue a range of research topics.