You're fascinated by human society and social relationships; by real-world issues that affect us today, and the big questions that have mystified humanity since the dawn of time.
Designed with your career in mind, and featuring support from research-active staff and leading practitioners, our postgraduate degrees span the fields of history, philosophy, sociology and international relations.
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Our PhD research programmes will allow you to explore your own interests in history, supported by the expertise of our staff.
Explore contrasting periods of history using different historical and interdisciplinary approaches that will develop your critical awareness and research skills. Become a true historian, able to sustain arguments and solve problems, with a richer understanding of how history is communicated to the wider public, and how it helps us address present-day issues.
Explore international relations in theory and practice: our PhD programme will support you in discovering and creating new knowledge about global politics and international relations.
Discover how international relations theory affects real-world events, and develop crucial skills like decision making and debating. With prestigious guest lecturers and visits to think tanks such as Chatham House, you’ll gain all the experience you need for a role in global politics.
Our PhD research programmes will allow you to explore your interests in philosophy, supported by the expertise of our staff.
Gain an in-depth understanding of the latest issues and debates in sociology. Hone your research skills, and develop expertise that will prepare you for a career in social policy, social work, local government, public service and more.
Our PhD research programmes will allow you to explore your own interests in sociology, supported by the expertise of our staff.