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Politics PhD courses

Our world-class academic team and interdisciplinary approach to politics research ensures your work will engage and impact the political and wider non-academic community.

See how your knowledge and ideas with our research expertise can make a difference

Pursuing your research interests with Brunel means you’ll be welcomed into a world-class and internationally respected research environment which has a distinct focus on collaboration and impact on the wider society. Our expertise have been recognised in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), in which 64% of our research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent.

We understand that outstanding research requires knowledge, ideas and inspiration that is not limited to any one particular field of discipline. Through Brunel’s own range of interdisciplinary research groups, other universities nationally and internationally, and organisations, collaborative and interdisciplinary research is a key feature of our department and our links to academia and industry directly benefit research students.

These six broad themes provide the foundation of the research within our department

Modern and contemporary history

With special focus on the rise and fall of empires, regimes, nations and states.

Political structures of advanced capitalist states

Political structures and processes with a focus on Britain, the US, Asia, countries within the EU, and the EU itself.

The history of political thought

With special interest in theories of violence and revolution.

Intelligence and security studies

With a key focus on the institutions and processes of intelligence gathering.

War and conflict

Including military history from the ancient to the modern period, counterinsurgency, peace-building, and border conflict.

International relations

Including specialisms in the modern Middle East and the politics of intervention.

Brunel research groups our academics are a part of

Our research feeds into the following centres

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