Our research covers British Politics, Political Science, Political Communication, Local Government, International Studies, Comparative Politics, Populism, Health and Political Engagement, Security Studies, Gender Studies, and Political Theory. We also have expertise in local studies focused on Scouse identity, Liverpool, and Merseyside more broadly.
Why study with us?
The Department of Politics provides researchers with a supportive academic environment. Students are given the opportunity not only to develop their research but also the particular skills they need. Supervision is organised very well with supervisors always available and ready to help.Mate Subašić - Politics PhD Student
of our research was graded ‘Internationally Excellent’ or ‘Internationally Recognised’ in the REF (2014).
current research staff.
A PhD is an international qualification that enables you to make an original contribution to knowledge in a specific area of research interest. This can be defined as the discovery of new knowledge; testing the intellectual rigor of an existing theory or methodological approach in a new area; fusing theoretical approaches; or a combination of each.
To help you ensure your doctoral research meets this criteria of making an original claim we provide high-quality methodological training that allows you to develop your research skills during the course of your study. Your supervisor will provide guidance on this process.
Our current doctoral candidates are researching British Politics, British political ideologies, electoral behaviour, conflict and post-conflict studies, and international studies.
Why Come to Liverpool?
Our researchers in the Department of Politics are world-leading experts in their respective research fields.
They regularly publish in high-impact academic journals, books, edited collections as well as engage with national and international media outlets. Scholars also regularly interact with politicians through providing advice for legislation in the House of Commons as well as quaisi-judicial bodies and international organisations. We are also active in the Political Studies Association, the PSA Early Careers Network, Royal Historical Society, and BISA.
Our research covers Parliamentary studies, voting behavior, British political ideologies, local government, Northern Ireland studies, race, LGBTQ studies, international relations, political theory, political language, health and political engagement, democratization, European studies, human trafficking, the legacy of slavery and contemporary forced labour.
The Department of Politics is a thriving community of 28 academic and research staff that boasts a wide range of specialisms which are mapped onto our key research clusters. These are:
We also are the host of noteworthy research centres and networks, including:
Thematic Areas of Supervision
We have four key areas of research expertise in the Department. These are:
Within these areas are sub-divisions, which include:
Devolution in the UK
Global Governance and Institutions
Media and Politics
Nationalism and Identity
Northern Irish Politics and Political History
Middle Eastern Politics
Refugees and Human Rights
Rhetoric and Oratorical Theory
Applicants are advised to review staff profile pages to find more details of research interests.
We pride ourselves on integrating our postgraduate students within our supportive research environment. Our students present their work-in progress at various stages of completion in informal monthly staff-student research seminars. In addition to excellent library facilities and opportunities for interdisciplinary inputs into research degrees, the Faculty and School run research methods training programmes. We also offer access to computerised databases on specialist areas of interest: advanced training in IT and data-mining skills. The Department of Politics also hosts a research active ‘Network for the Interface of Classics and Politics’ and a ‘Europe and the World Centre’ which encourages our students to participate in its many activities and international conferences.
Study options and fees
|MPhil / PhD||Duration||UK students||International Students|
|Full time||2-4 years||£4,500* (2021)||£24,250* ^ (lab based programmes)
£18,450* (non Lab based programmes) (2021)
|Part time||4-6 years||£2,250* (2021)||£12,125* (lab based programmes)
£9,225* (non Lab based programmes) (2021)
* This excludes potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.
^ Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.
If an EU student starts their studies in 2020-21, before 1 August 2021, they will have a fee classification of EU and pay UK fee rates for the duration of this registration. The exception being ROI students, who will continue to be charged fees at the UK fee rate, post 1 August 2021.
Students considering registering for a research degree (Masters by Research, MPhil/PhD) are asked to produce a 1,000 word research proposal and send it to our Departmental Director for Postgraduate Research of the Department of Politics. Dr Andrew Roe-Crines - E: email@example.com. This will then be circulated to potential supervisors.
Applications are welcome from suitably qualified candidates who wish to undertake research leading to a PhD in Politics on either a full- or part-time basis. We ordinarily expect candidates for entry to our PhD programme to hold a first degree in the First or 2:1 class and a Master’s degree (preferably pass of 65% or higher) in a relevant subject area from a UK university, or EU/overseas qualifications of an equivalent standard.
English language requirements
|IELTS Academic requirement - SELT and non-SELT||Overall 6.5 no band below 6.0|
|TOEFL iBT requirement||Minimum 88 overall with L 19 W 19 R 19 and S 20|
|C1 Advanced CAE requirement||Overall 176 with no less than 169 in any paper|
|Trinity College London, Intergrated Skills in English (ISE II)||ISE II with an overall pass with merit in components|
|Cambridge IGCSE as a First Language||Grade C|
|Cambridge IGCSE as a Second Language||Grade B|
|Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Proficiency)||Overall 176 with 169 in components|
|Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced)||Overall 176 with 169 in components|
|Cambridge English Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced)||Overall 176 with 169 in components|
How to apply
Research degree applications can be made online. You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.
Applications are open all year round.
Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal
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Need help finding a supervisor? Contact us
- Postgraduate Support team
- Email: HLC-PGR@liverpool.ac.uk