The School has a strong international reputation for innovative research, across a wide range of specialist research strengths. In each of these, important and pioneering work has been published by members of staff and major projects of research are ongoing. In addition, the School is committed to the supervision of high-quality research students in all areas of politics, philosophy and international politics and to enhancing its vibrant postgraduate research culture.
The School has over 60 full-time academics, In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, over 65 per cent of the School's research in its various subject areas was judged to be 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent', thus confirming the School's position as one of the leading centres in the UK for world-class research in history, anthropology, philosophy and politics.
The School runs a bespoke training programme, including a series of employability talks on 'Pathways out of the PhD: Academic and Non-Academic Futures', which aims to guide you the process of choosing your future career path and making the most of the new research skills you have acquired.
Staff in the School are involved in editing a range of leading, high profile, internationally-recognised journals and book series, including International Political Sociology, Environmental Politics, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and the Ashgate Rethinking Political and International Theory monograph series.
The thriving research culture of the School can be experienced in a variety of ways: through visits and talks from internationally renowned academics and practioners, conferences and workshops, and the staff seminar series, which students are actively involved in. A range of reading groups, including staff and students, offer the opportunity to read and discuss more widely around your subject.
PhD and MPhil graduates from our School have taken up careers in a variety of spheres. Many have gained lecturing or postdoctoral research positions at Universities and Research Institutes in the UK, Ireland, Europe and America. We also have graduates now working in local and regional government, the Electoral Commission, the media, and for international humanitarian NGOs and charities.
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
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