Postgraduate Research in PAIS
What is a PhD?
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Visiting PhD students
I can confidently say that my experience in PAIS has been inspiring. I particularly enjoy the familial community created by the friendly PAIS staff, post-docs and PhD students, with whom I feel inspired every day through our conversations on both academic and non-academic topics. Someone else might say the PhD experience is isolated and torturous, but I can tell you that I am having a great time here in PAIS.Jue Wang, PhD Candidate
We were ranked 1st for research environment in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and 1st for the student experience in the entire Russell Group of top UK departments. Globally, we rank 44th among all politics and international studies departments in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings 2017. Nationally, we are placed 3rd in the UK by the Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 for the second year running, 3rd by The Guardian University Guide 2018, and 4th by The Complete University Guide 2018. Our department attracts top postgraduate students from around the world.
PAIS PhD students conduct research on a wide variety of topics; you can view the current cohort and their working titles on the PAIS People page. The People page also contains profiles of all our research-active academics, where you can search for a supervisor who shares your research interests.
Our department is home to over 100 PhD students, and many of our graduates now hold academic posts across the world.The range of expertise represented in our 50+ academics means we can supervise awide variety of research projects, allowing you to personalise your degree according to your interests and career goals.