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The School of Social and Political Sciences benefits from an active research base ensuring that staff are involved in current debates and that you are made aware of relevant developments and issues. Each research student is supported by a programme of research training. You will be expected to identify an original area of academically relevant research and agree an approved programme of research with a tutor.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Research supervision is available across the range of the department's subjects, with examples of current students' interests being Sino-Soviet relations in the 1940s, the politics of direct action, war crimes, refugees and asylum seekers, Syrian politics, international relations in the Maghreb, the social exclusion of older people and the policing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gendered people.

How You Study

Research students can enrol for MPhil or PhD awards. These degrees are normally undertaken wholly by thesis and can be carried out either on a full-time or a part-time basis.

The School aims to provide considerable support to enable you to become a independent researcher. Students are required to follow a structured pattern of activity during which their progress can be monitored and encouraged. You are allocated two supervisors and the emphasis is on providing whatever training you require. Students are asked to contribute to the Department's research seminar series, are able to apply for funding to attend conferences and are encouraged to publish including in the department's Social Research Paper series and in journals.

Research students normally have two internal supervisors with specialist knowledge of the International Relations subject area and have regular meetings with them for advice, monitoring and other support. Students can engage with external experts and advisors and can contribute to the School’s internal seminar series. You may also have the opportunity to contribute to teaching.

Staff have expertise for postgraduate supervision in the following: international relations, minority rights, human rights, women in politics, policy making, nationalism, political economy, post-colonial studies, construction of sexual identities, global citizenship, conflict resolution and the United Nations.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisors, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

How You Are Assessed

A PhD is awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to successfully defend that thesis to your examiners.

Visit the MPhil International Relations page on the University of Lincoln website for more details!

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