Politics, Security and International Studies research degrees

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Politics at the University of Hull is recognised globally as contributing to the cutting-edge of research. Our research has impacted on legislation and social issues, including Parliamentary procedures and debates; public policy; professional standards; economic models; public environmental awareness; conservation policy and resource management practices; and professional body test practice.

Our impressive staff includes political scientists, social and political theorists, and historians. International and interdisciplinary research projects and collaborations are regularly undertaken and staff members are supported to build upon the existing expertise within the school.

Research is broadly themed around the following research centres and groups; British Politics; European Union Studies; Idealism and the New Liberalism; Legislative Studies; Political Economy; Security Studies; Middle East Study Group; Poetry and Politics; ERCS; and the South Asia Project.

During your PhD, you will research and write a dissertation of 70,000 to 100,000 words on a topic chosen in conjunction with your supervisor.


Centre for British Politics

This expert-led research centre for the study of British politics concentrates on the parties, ideologies and public policies that dominate UK politics. Established in 2007 as the first of its kind in UK higher education, the Centre for British Politics has made a distinctive impact in its field of study through its annual Norton Lecture, international workshops, symposiums, media interviews, expert submissions to parliament and, of course, through its publications.


  • Dr Matt Beech (Director)
  • Dr Simon Lee
  • Professor Lord Norton of Louth
  • Dr Ben Yong

Centre for European Union Studies

Designated as a ‘Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence' in teaching and research by the European Commission since 1999, the CEUS is one of the longest established and most research active centres dedicated to the study of European Union (EU) governance and politics. CEUS researchers have a wide range of expertise and have produced a large number of well-regarded publications on European and EU governance and politics issues.


  • Prof Rüdiger Wurzel 
  • Prof James Connelly
  • Dr Xiudian Dai
  • Prof Jack Hayward
  • Dr Cristina Leston-Bandeira
  • Dr Elizabeth Monaghan
  • Prof Noel O’Sullivan
  • Gianluca Andresani (Business School)
  • Prof Patrick Birkinshaw  (Law School)

Centre for Idealism and the New Liberalism

The CINL, formerly the Centre for the Study of British Idealism, conducts research and teaching on the work and influence of the philosophical and reforming movement known as the British idealists, as well as into the thought of the New Liberals to whom they gave rise, including L.T. Hobhouse and J.A. Hobson. The CINL also provides a source of expertise and resources, as well as producing publications and running conferences.


  • Professor James Connelly
  • Professor Noel O’Sullivan
  • Professor Colin Tyler

Centre for Political Economy

This group undertakes research to further understanding of the relationship between states and markets, and how political ideas, institutions, interests and the exercise of power in its various guises serves to define the nature of markets and the respective roles of public and private actors. Our belief is that the role of politics should be more than the building of institutions for the market, or the simple correction of market failure.


  • Dr Simon Lee
  • Dr Mahrukh Doctor
  • Dr Xiudian Dai
  • Professor Colin Tyler

Centre for Legislative Studies

Founded in 1992, the centre acts as a catalyst for international and inter-disciplinary research in the field of Legislative Studies, by bringing together world-class scholars with legislative specialists and legislators from across the globe. Recent topics covered by research students included: budgertary oversight of the Sierra Leone Parliament; the role of unofficial groups in the Parliamentary Conservative Party; and the legislative role of Parliament in the democratization process - a case study of the Iranian Parliament.


  • Lord Norton of Louth

Centre for Security Studies

Researching a wide range of security issues, the CSS is internationally noted for its work on war studies and military ethics. Reflecting the expertise of its members, it supports a variety of academic approaches, emphasising the point that security is a practical subject informed by theory. Staff specialities include strategy, military ethics, air power, maritime strategy, intelligence, defence policy, military history, international law, and international relations.


  • Dr David Lonsdale
  • Dr Cornelia Beyer
  • Professor Caroline Kennedy
  • Dr Thomas Kane
  • Dr Chris Martin

Middle East Study Group

This think-tank brings together people from different disciplines, academic and non-academic, to discuss Middle Eastern affairs. The ME Study Group is conducting research in Middle East affairs, provides forums to consolidate and promote understanding of current affairs, serves as a meeting point for people of different nationalities to converse and debate, and supports a two state solution, Israel and Palestine, as well as freedom of expression and academic freedom.


  • Professor Raphael Cohen-Almagor
  • Dr Cornelia Beyer

Poetry and Politics Project

Founded in September 2012, this project explores the connections between poetry, culture, and politics, with a strong emphasis on engagement and outreach events. This has resulted in three international conferences, four public lectures, a heritage open day, and a number of media outputs. We are currently working on a volume of essays looking at contemporary warfare from a range of perspectives.

Common Good: Ethics and Rights in Cyber Security' (ERCS)

ERCS seeks to understand where the balance lies between security and ethics in digital governance. If the recent controversies of U.S governmental surveillance and implicated technology companies demonstrated anything, it is the need for proportionate, just and effective cyber security in digital governance that is committed to the common good.


  • Professor James Connelly
  • Gianluca Andresani

The South Asia Project

The key objective of this project is to conduct and promote research on South Asian affairs with an emphasis on India. The project defines South Asia as the member countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). It initiates research projects, holds workshops and conferences and provides conference and research fellowships to South Asian scholars.


  • Dr Bhumitra Chakma

Admissions status

Open for admission in 2018/19

Research options

PhD: 4 years (full-time)


Home/EU: £4,195 (full-time) / £2,098 (part-time)

Overseas: £12,800 (full-time)

*Please note, the fees shown are for 2017/18 entry. The fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all Politics, Security and International Studies research degrees research programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit www.hull.ac.uk/money.

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

It is now widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation either for research or a subsequent career. With this in mind, the University of Hull requires all its postgraduate research students to follow a research training programme relating both to their particular field of study and to generic skills; for example, information technology and communication skills.

Postgraduate Training Scheme

Next steps


For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

Entry requirements

Applicants for a PhD in the School are normally expected to have a Masters degree in a discipline related to the topic of their proposed research. Selection is based on their performance in undergraduate and Masters degree studies, the strength and viability of their research proposal and School ability to provide supervision in the candidate's chosen area.

The School requires all applicants to submit a research proposal of between 1,000 - 1,500 words, addressing the key research questions, the strengths and weaknesses of the existing literature, the proposed methodology and how the thesis will be an original contribution to the existing literature. Full-time PhD students are expected to complete their thesis within 3-4 years.

International students (language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University’s required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.


Independent surveys show that the Politics  provision at the University of Hull is amongst the finest in the UK. Our student-centred approach, range of courses, staff expertise and employer networks combine to make us a student destination second to none.

Research is of an equally high standard; in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) three quarters of the submissions by members of staff were internationally recognised, with over one-third rated as internationally excellent or world leading.