The Department of Politics and International Relations offers three funded studentship for October 2014 entry to its distance learning Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme.
Research Areas and Supervision:
The Department has an existing expertise in intelligence and security issues and they wish to provide opportunities for high level students to pursue doctoral research in this area. Therefore these studentships are for outstanding applicants who wish to pursue research in the following areas:

  • intelligence
  • counter intelligence
  • intelligence co-operation
  • security service operations
  • security service accountability
  • surveillance
  • operations of special forces
  • other aspects of security studies

Supervisors will be agreed subject to the research project to be undertaken.

  • As with the campus based PhD programme, students undertake a substantial research project that is written up as a thesis of 80,000 words and defended in an oral examination (the “viva voce” examination). All distance learning PhD research students are allocated a personal supervisor who will help them plan and manage their research and develop their understanding of relevant research methodology.
  • The registration period is up to seven years – usually six years of research with the seventh year used to prepare the thesis for examination. However, earlier completion within four to six years may be possible. There is no difference between the distance learning PhD qualification and the campus based equivalent and both degrees are recognized internationally.

Worth of Award
The studentships are available for distance learning registration and are payable as a full UK/EU tuition fee waiver for seven years

  • First class or upper second class undergraduate degree or an equivalent overseas qualification in a relevant subject
  • It is expected that applicants will also hold a Masters degree in a relevant subject
  • Standard English language requirements
  • Available to suitable UK/EU and International (i.e., outside the EU) applicants – please note though that the award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate only; international applicants (and those not eligible to pay UK/EU tuition fees) must demonstrate at the time of their application that they can fund the difference in tuition fee rates
  • Available for distance learning registration only
  • Applicants must be able to start in October 2014  or show evidence of achieving this by October 2014
  • Applications that do not include a full research proposal and the required supporting documents will not be considered

How to Apply

  • Draft a research proposal detailing what you want to research, how you intend to do it, and why it is worth doing
  • Prepare your supporting documents
  • Submit your online application or apply by post
  • In the Fees and Financial Support section of the application, applicants must state that they wish to be considered for this October 2014 PhD Studentship in Security and Intelligence (Ref. Moran)

Deadline: Closing date for receipt of applications is July 20, 2014
 Click here for more details and to apply online