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PhD in International Relations

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Admission to, and management of, all PhD programmes is conducted through the School of International Relations (IR). However, CSTPV academics are able to act as supervisors within this overall structure. CSTPV is an inter-disciplinary research centre for a wide range of subjects connected broadly to terrorism and political violence and welcomes applications from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds. This includes backgrounds in International Relations, but encompasses fields as diverse as Anthropology, Criminology, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology amongst others. We recommend that you approach individual CSTPV staff members informally first before you apply formally through the School of IR. Please look at our staff profiles to see what topics our academics supervise PhDs on.

PhDs can be taken full-time for three years or part-time for six years. Either way, it is a major undertaking that is not to be taken lightly. But conducting original research at this level can, and should, also be a truly fulfilling experience. As part of the School of IR, CSTPV therefore aims to provide a supportive intellectual home for those PhD students working on terrorism-related subjects.