The Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster is pleased to offer two Studentships for prospective PhD students.

University of Westminster flag

Applications are invited for the following awards which are tenable for up to three years for full-time study:

2 fee waivers (home/EU*) and £3,000 per year for 3 years

*Please note that only Home/EU students are eligible to apply

We are looking for high quality prospective doctoral students who will contribute to the three core areas of research within the department.

  • The Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD): Established in 1989 CSD is internationally renowned for the quality of its research into the theory and practice of democracy, particularly in Europe, the Arab world and in the United States. Key potential supervisors in this area include Chantal Mouffe, John Owens, Dibyesh Anand, Abdelwahab el-Effendi, Paulina Tambakaki and Maria Holt.
  • The Security and International Relations Programme: This new programme includes a number of research strands reflecting the work of its internationally renowned members including intervention and statebuilding, borders and identify, and security theory. Key potential supervisors include David Chandler, Roland Dannreuther, Dibyesh Anand, Aidan Hehir, Patricia Hogwood and Thomas Moore.
  • The Governance and Sustainability Programme: This cluster analyses the interrelationship between, on the one hand, sustainable development and sustainability discourses and, on the other, diverse forms of multi-level and multi-actor governance processes. Key potential supervisors include Simon Joss, Liza Griffin, Daniel Greenwood, and Tassilo Herrschel.

In the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise 60% of the Department’s submissions in Politics and International Relations were “recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour”. Based in the heart of London, we have an active research culture include regular seminars and conferences, including the highly regarded CSD Encounter as well research seminars linked to each of our core research areas.


Dr. Maria Holt
MPhil/ PhD DPIR Programme Co-ordinator
32-38 Wells Street
London, W1T 3UW.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7911 5000 ext 7611

Email: [email protected]

or details of how to apply, visit:

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 31 March 2011

For more information about how our PhD programme is run, please refer to the Department of Politics & International Relations website.

Press and media enquiries

Contact us on:

[email protected]