The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate Research

Politics at Newcastle is a dynamic research intensive department that offers excellent training, professionalization, and networking opportunities. Our staff publish in world-leading journal outlets and academic presses, make substantial contributions to the discipline, and pursue avenues that enables our research to inform wider audiences.

Our extensive experience, service to the discipline, and commitment to professionalization provides us with informed insights into how to produce excellent research and how to succeed as an early career researcher. For example, our former PGR students have won disciplinary association thesis competitions, published in high ranked outlets, secured academic employment at research institutions around the world, become professional researchers, and/or pursued careers at the intersections of research and public policy.

Our staff edit leading peer-reviewed journals including Contemporary Political Theory, Critical Studies on Security, Environmental Politics, European Security, Politics, and Representationas well as book series with ECPR Press and Routledge. They are trustees, sub-committee members, working group coordinators, and/or conference section organisers for disciplinary associations such as BISA, ECPR, EISA, ISA, the PSA, and UACES. Moreover, with over 20 staff born outside of the UK representing eleven different countries of origin, we are a collegium of scholars with a global outlook and established research networks that connect us to other leading research institutions around the world.

Reflecting our shared commitment to research excellence, Politics at Newcastle seeks to train, supervise, and mentor the very best postgraduate research students who are working on projects that match our current research interests. As a new student, you will have at least two academic supervisors who will help you to develop and refine your research project. As your project progresses and you develop as an independent researcher, your supervisors will be present to offer bespoke support. In some cases, in addition to the PhD project, our doctoral candidates go on to co-author original research papers with their supervisors. As part of the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, we are also able to provide multi-disciplinary supervisory teams and an inter-disciplinary research environment for students working on topics that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

We run a highly selective admissions process that assesses the quality of academic performance to date, the research project proposal, academic references, and the case presented for why Politics at Newcastle is a strong fit for the proposed research. We pay particular attention to how well prospective postgraduate research students demonstrate a keen awareness of what we do, why we do it, and how their project will contribute to our research strengths. For further advice on the applications process, please contact the PGR Admissions Director, Dr.Simon Philpott or the Director of Politics PhD programmes, Dr Kyle Grayson.

We provide high-quality facilities for all of our postgraduate research students, including: 

  • a University laptop with Microsoft Office software
  • your own desk space
  • funding to help support your fieldwork and present your work at academic conferences
  • a dedicated postgraduate common room

Postgraduates are warmly welcome to attend regularly scheduled politics and political philosophy research seminars. You will also have the opportunity to improve your research skills on our Postgraduate Research Training and Researcher Development Programme as well as to take the Introduction to Teaching and Learning course for those who provide teaching assistance support.

Download our Politics Postgraduate Research brochure (PDF: 1.9MB)

Further Information

For any general information about postgraduate research please contact the Postgraduate Research Secretary at gps.pgr@ncl.ac.uk