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PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

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Course Summary

The University of Brighton welcomes applicants for a PhD in politics, one of its major academic strengths. You will work within a thriving and supportive academic environment, with membership of one or more of our specialist centres, normally the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics or the Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics.

Students with interests across disciplinary boundaries can develop supervisory teams and methodologies from across the university including human geography, history, political art theory and practice, dissonant sexualities, criminology, globalisation, and many aspects concerning social justice and equality.

We encourage you to approach a possible lead supervisor in the first instance. If this is successful then they will help you to shape a project and draw on the necessary expertise from our inter-disciplinary researchers across the university.

We welcome approaches to discuss suitable projects and can provide advice on application, proposals and any suitable funding. Your Politics PhD project may lend itself to a social sciences methodology or a humanities-based approach. You should consider this when you are shaping your proposal and approaching a supervisor.

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Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the PhD are: a recognised Master’s degree with a significant research component, for example MPhil from another university, or similar qualification which is regarded by the University of Brighton as being equivalent and relevant or substantial appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level which resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment. An application made by someone with this experience will be considered on its merits and will normally require independent academic references or, unless a School exercises their right to specify more stringent entry requirements, we may consider a first or upper second honours degree or other qualification which is regarded by the University of Brighton as being equivalent and relevant.

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university provides students with a choice of more than 200 courses, with a wide range of postgraduate programmes available and many of them accredited by relevant professional bodies. Students can choose between different flexible studying options, meaning they can achieve their...more

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