Research study

The research culture in CSD is enlivened by an active postgraduate (PhD and MA) community and a visiting scholars programme that hosts academics, postgraduates and practitioners from around the world.

Postgraduate study

CSD supports an active and vibrant postgraduate research community and welcomes applications for doctoral study that enhance our research themes:

If you are interested in doctoral research study based at CSD, please review the details of our research themes and staff profiles for an indication of our areas of supervision.

Once you have established that your proposed PhD project falls broadly within our areas of supervision then we encourage you to submit an application so that we can provide a detailed assessment. If you require further clarification prior to applying, please contact [email protected].


Find out more about the application process for studying a PhD in the Department of Politics and International Relations.

View a list of current and recent doctoral researchers.

We also contribute to a number of Masters programmes based in the Department of Politics and International Relations, including the new MA in Energy and Environmental Change.

Visiting scholars programme

CSD has a visiting scholars programme that supports research visits by international academics, postgraduates and practitioners. There are a limited number of spaces each year and priority is given to those who are developing research projects with colleagues in CSD. 

Further details of the visiting scholars programme

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