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What will I learn?


Along with Edinburgh and St. Andrews, we form the Politics and International Relations pathway of the Economic and Social Research Council-funded Scottish Doctoral Training Centre (S-DTC).

We have an active and engaged international community of doctoral students. We work to foster this community through an annual retreat, our research seminars and regular staff-student social events.


We offer supervision across a wide range of subjects, reflecting our strength in depth in Comparative Politics, International Relations and Political Theory.

Comparative Politics

  • political parties, institutions and change
  • elections and voting
  • comparative constitutionalism; gender
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) politics
  • human rights
  • political communication
  • political economy
  • political psychology
  • politics and popular culture
  • environmental policy
  • welfare policy
  • expertise in the politics of China; Europe, including Scotland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Greece, the European Union; Russia
  • Latin America.

International Relations

  • international cooperation and international organisations
  • international political economy
  • international development
  • international security
  • human rights
  • gender and development
  • foreign aid
  • foreign policy analysis (particularly of the European Union, Russia and China)
  • humanitarianism
  • just war tradition
  • war: causes and origins
  • war: strategic studies
  • post-war conflict and violence
  • legitimacy and communicative ethics
  • English School
  • transnational politics (non-state actors).

Political Theory

  • contemporary Anglo-American political philosophy
  • contemporary social theory
  • German political thought
  • the history of political thought
  • human nature and politics; jurisprudence
  • liberalism and philosophical anthropology
  • freedom of speech/expression
  • ethics and international law
  • cosmopolitanism
  • moral epistemology
  • distributive justice
  • feminist theory.

Which department am I in?

College of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£19,350.00 (US$ 26,623) per year
Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Additional fees applicable.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Glasgow

The Fraser Building,

65 Hillhead Street,


Glasgow, City Of,

G12 8QQ, Scotland

Entry requirements

For international students

Our research degree applicants will usually possess a good Master’s degree (or overseas equivalent), with a significant component in politics. IELTS (Academic): 7.0 with no sub-test under 6.5. ibTOEFL: 95 with minimum R 23, L 23, S 22, W 24.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Glasgow

Glasgow is a place where people have been making world changing discoveries for over 500 years and students become innovative global pioneers.

  • Based in Glasgow, a UNESCO city of music
  • Ranked in the top 100 universities in the world
  • Fourth-oldest higher education provider in the UK
  • Over 600 different courses on offer