The 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. The 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.
Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.
You can apply until:
Make sure you verify exact dates on the programme website.
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
MPhil: 1-3 years (full-time), 2-4 years (part-time). PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: 2-5 years (full-time), 3-6 years (Part-time). PhD: 2-5 years (full-time), 3-6 years (part-time).
They'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 Arts, 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 Labour History Research Unit (LHRU), which covers aspects of national and international political history, and contribute to many of our Faculty's other research groups, including the Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER) and the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE).
They 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.
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.
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
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MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.
PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.
Please note we consider most candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil. If you want to apply for direct entry to the PhD route, you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this with your application.
If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
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