Diplomacy and International Governance

PhD opportunities

Overview

Research is at the heart of the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance. We are always keen to hear from students who want to develop their own research proposal so if you're interested in addressing complex issues involving modern diplomacy, international security, international business and trade, global communication and information management then pursuing a PhD in our Institute could be for you.

As old paradigms and models continue to expose their limitations, there has never been a greater need for a new understanding of how the international arena works.

Our research programmes have been designed to expose you to many different aspects of diplomacy and international governance. Experts from academia and industry will share their insights to guide and support your own discoveries and learning. You will work collaboratively with academic staff and each other to enrich your studies and support local organisations in search of your subject expertise and advanced academic skills.

Brexit Diplomacy

Diplomacy is at the heart of many key issues facing the UK today, particularly the developments and repercussions of Britain's exit from the EU, which is often referred to in shorthand as Brexit. Over the coming years, you will have the opportunity to become experts in this critical topic, as it unfolds around you in London.

The Director of the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance, Professor Helen Drake is leading a team of researchers to examine the politics, diplomacy and governance of Brexit. These findings are embedded into the teaching of our programmes, enabling you to discover the opportunities and challenges surrounding Brexit and their effect on the UK, the rest of the EU and Europe more broadly.

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Who should apply?

The Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance adopts an interdisciplinary approach in its research areas. Those with a passion for research and wanting to deal with national and global issues and their relevance to diplomatic practice, international security, trade and finance and communication should think about applying.

Research areas

The Institute currently leads research into the following areas. These are not exclusive and we encourage potential candidates to contact us for discussion before submitting an application:

  • The European Union (including its institutions; member state domestic politics; EU-Russia relations; the EU as a foreign policy actor; the politics, diplomacy and governance of Brexit; the UK as a global actor post-Brexit; Brexit and its effect on the UK, the rest of the EU and Europe more broadly)
  • The UK and transatlantic relations, especially their security dimensions
  • London and other global cities
  • Political representation and participation of minority and marginalised communities, particularly Roma across central and eastern Europe, but also LGBTIQ communities
  • Minorities and international governance and diplomacy; visual culture and political voice
  • Critical and normative approaches to diplomacy
  • International political communication and diplomatic discourse
  • Russia-West relations
  • Terrorism, extremism and radicalisation.

The Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance is currently supervising PhD topics in the fields of EU public diplomacy, securitisation in authoritarian regimes, and UK immigration policy and governance.

The Institute currently leads research into the following areas. These are not exclusive and we encourage potential candidates to contact us for discussion before submitting an application:

How to apply

Apply now All applications for research opportunities are made online. We strongly recommend contacting the department in advance of submitting an application to discuss your ideas.

Applications for research should indicate the institute within which you would like to study and preferably the member(s) of staff whose research area is of most interest to you. If you’d like to make an application, we strongly recommend contacting your preferred supervisor in advance to discuss your research proposal in more detail. To see a full list of academic staff within the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance, please visit the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance staff page. Please use our online application portal to submit your research proposal, and clearly outline the question you intend to address. You should also include an overview of your subject area and proposed research methods.

Email Professor Helen Drake, Director of the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance or apply directly.

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PhD facilities and support

As a PhD student with us, you will have 24-hour access to our dedicated research hub, stunning library and fully-equipped kitchen facilities.

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PhD fees and funding

Studying for a PhD is a significant but incredibly rewarding investment for your career and for your future. Visit our fees and funding pages to find out whether you are eligible for financial support towards your studies.

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