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Political Science and International Relations


The School of Politics and International Relations at Nottingham is one of the largest and most substantively diverse Schools of Politics and IR in the country, offering supervision across most of the discipline.

The School’s four dedicated Research Centres/Institutes provide a supportive, dynamic and intensive research environment for both MA and research students:


Applicants in Politics and International Relations interested in applying should contact Dr Ben Holland.

Please send your CV, a one-page note on your preparation and motivation to conduct research to PhD level on a topic in Politics and International Relations using social science methods, and a one-page outline of your proposed research topic by Monday 8th January 2024. We can advise on your eligibility and the fit of your proposed research with our interests and expertise.

As this studentship is funded by the ESRC, your proposed research project must principally employ social science methods. For further guidance on disciplinary remit, see this page. If you have concerns about the ‘fit’ of your project with the ESRC remit, you may use the query form on that page.

Key Facts:
Structure of Provision: Masters + PhD funding or PhD-only funding, either full-time or part-time
PhD Application:

Apply for the PhD Politics via the University of Nottingham online admissions systems and please do mention you have applied for ESRC funding in your Nottingham application.

Pathway Contact:

Dr Ben Holland