PhD in Politics and International Studies, Belfast

The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast is currently inviting applications for four three-year studentships to support postgraduate research to PhD level.

Deadline: 12/03/2010
Open to: students interested in obtaining PhD degree
Fund: full

The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy has more postgraduate research students than any other Humanities or Social Sciences subject at Queen’s. In recent years many new members of staff have been appointed, substantially increasing the range of research supervision available within the School.

There are five general research clusters in the School:
– Governance and Public Policy
– International Politics and Ethnic Conflict
– Contemporary Irish Political History
– Philosophy
– Political Theory

Academic requirements:
a) The required minimum academic qualification for a DEL studentship is a 2:1 Honours degree or a qualification considered equivalent by the University e.g. a 2.2 Honours degree plus a Master’s Degree at 60% or above.
b) Candidates who already hold a doctoral degree or who have been registered on a programme of research leading to the award of a doctoral degree on a full-time basis for more than one year funded from any source are not eligible for a studentship.

Citizenship Requirements
You must be a British Citizen, or an EU national or relevant family member of an EU national. You may be eligible for support if you are the child of either a Swiss national or Turkish worker.  For Non-EU nationals – you must be “settled” in the UK by the closing date for the award.

Entry requirements:
The normal entry requirement consists of the following:
* successfully completed a taught postgraduate degree (MA or MRes) in Politics, International Studies, European Studies, Philosophy or a cognate subject area, before proceeding to either MPhil or PhD, although candidates having demonstrated exceptional achievement at undergraduate level may be considered.
* good references indicating that the candidate has the academic ability to undertake doctoral research
* a viable proposal as determined by the advice of independent assessors in the School
* a detailed research proposal (1500 – 2000 words) which will outline the research topic, the methodology, the theoretical context within which the research will be carried out and an indicative bibliography
* an application needs an IELTS score of 6.5 (candidates must be fully proficient in written and spoken English) and an overall final degree score of CGPA of 3.3 or above to be considered.

For more detailed info about special eligibility criteria click here.

Potential applicants are invited to consult the School’s research clusters and to discuss their research proposal with the relevant Director(s) of Research.

Applicants need to complete online application and submit until Friday 12 March 2010.

For questions regarding the application procedure, please contact the Postgraduate Secretary Caroline McNeill at: [email protected] or visit the University admissions information.

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