Our PhD research programme will allow you to explore your own interests in international relations and international politics, supported by the expertise of our staff.
You’ll be allocated two supervisors, with additional staff members available if necessary. Our supervisors are experienced in most areas of international relations, with particular strengths in international political theory, security studies, military studies, development, political philosophy, human rights and (counter) terrorism studies. The International Relations degree also links in closely with Criminology at Anglia Ruskin, so that you can benefit from a rich and broad environment for specialised research.
We’ll provide you with a rich and stimulating research environment with strong links to research networks in Anglia Ruskin and the wider community, including the University of Cambridge's Centre for Research into Art, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), and links to Citizens Advice Bureau, the National Probation Service, the Crown Court and Crown Prosecution Service, as well as Cambridgeshire Police. We host the Justice and Communities Research Unit (JACRU)and the Labour History Research Unit (LHRU), which covers aspects of national and international political history, and we contribute to many of our Faculty’s other research groups, including the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE).
We also host and take part in many research events, including Faculty and departmental research seminars and symposia, which will allow you to engage and present your research in a safe and supportive setting. These events, along with our online environment, will help you connect with other research students from a range of disciplines.
All your subject-specific studies will be enhanced and supported by our University-wide training sessions, where you’ll gain important research expertise in areas like ethics, presentations, intellectual property and digital scholarship.
We’ll provide you with many opportunities for career development and training, in areas like writing up a paper for publication, placing an academic article, giving a conference paper, the doctoral writing style, updates on research methods and literature searches, internet training, editing skills for doctoral research, subsequent monograph publication and working with agents and publishers. You might also be able to take on teaching responsibilities within the department, or organise research events.
In conjunction with the University’s research support, you can request specific support for writing-up, conference papers, general research methods and other research skills if you need it.
Our permanent supervisory staff members are recognised as international experts in their fields, and have produced influential books, journal articles and edited collections, and won funding for a number of prestigious research projects. Our International Relations expertise includes:
Ian Shields OBE: security and strategy, military ethics; air and space power; the media; civil-military relations. Former RAF commanding officer and Vulcan bomber pilot, member of the UK's Chief of the Defence Staff's Strategic Forum.
Carina O'Reilly: European security and organised crime, and local policing and local governance. Freelance defence and security analyst, formerly editor and analyst at Jane's, global country risk analyst for Cambridge International Research on Current Affairs.
Dr Anna Markovska: transitional countries; serious crime; corruption; drug abuse.
Colleen Moore: the treatment of victims in the criminal justice system; violence, sexual violence and exploitation; 'Justice'; identities and judgement; conflict resolution; terrorism, cultures of war.
Dr Samantha Lundrigan: criminological profiling systems; profiling serial offenders, criminological research methods.
Professor Bronwen Walter: Emerita Professor of Irish Diaspora Studies.
Dr Jon Davis: Russian history; the Cold War.
Dr Richard Carr: British politics and government.
Bill Tupman (Research Fellow): available to supervise on policing, organized crime and terrorism.
MPhil: Candidates must hold a BA or equivalent in a related subject area.
PhD: Candidates should normally hold an MA or equivalent in a related subject area.
If English is not your first language, you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.
£4,500UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year, part time)
£2,650International students, 2016/2017 (MPhil/Phd, per year, full time)
£11,200PhD by Published Work, 2016/17 (Initial registration)
£1,000PhD by Published Work, 2016/17 (Full registration)
£3,200Writing up, 2016/17 (UK & EU students)
£1,300Writing up, 2016/17 (International students)
£1,300UK, EU & International 2016/17 Bench fee ranges from 1000 to 7000
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