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I can confidently say that my experience in PAIS has been inspiring. I particularly enjoy the familial community created by the friendly PAIS staff, post-docs and PhD students, with whom I feel inspired every day through our conversations on both academic and non-academic topics. Someone else might say the PhD experience is isolated and torturous, but I can tell you that I am having a great time here in PAIS.Jue Wang, PhD Candidate

Globally, as a department, we rank 50th among all politics and international studies departments in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings 2016. Nationally, we are placed 5th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2016, 3rd by The Times/Sunday TimesGood University Guide, and 4th by the Complete University Guide 2017. Our department attracts top postgraduate students from around the world. We were also ranked 1st for research environment in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and 1st for the student experience in the entire Russell Group of top UK departments.

PAIS PhD students conduct research on a wide variety of topics; you can view the current cohort and their working titles on the PAIS People page. The People page also contains profiles of all our research-active academics, where you can search for a supervisor who shares your research interests.

Our department is home to over 100 PhD students, and many of our graduates now hold academic posts across the world.The range of expertise represented in our 50+ academics means we can supervise awide variety of research projects, allowing you to personalise your degree according to your interests and career goals.

Postgraduate Research in PAIS

Globally, as a department, we rank 50th among all politics and international studies departments in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings 2016. Nationally, we are placed 5th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2016, 3rd by The Times/Sunday TimesGood University Guide, and 4th by the Complete University Guide 2017. Our department attracts top postgraduate students from around the world. We were also ranked 1st for research environment in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and 1st for the student experience in the entire Russell Group of top UK departments.

PAIS PhD students conduct research on a wide variety of topics; you can view the current cohort and their working titles on the PAIS People page. The People page also contains profiles of all our research-active academics, where you can search for a supervisor who shares your research interests.

Jue WangStudent Profile

Jue Wang
PhD Candidate

I can confidently say that my experience in PAIS has been inspiring. I have an economics academic background, but it did not prevent me from settling into PAIS because we are all contributing to the multi-disciplinary nature of the department. PAIS is very supportive with regards to teaching, conferences, research programmes, and other research- and career-related opportunities. I particularly enjoy the familial community created by the friendly PAIS staff, post-docs and PhD students, with whom I feel inspired every day through our conversations on both academic and non-academic topics. Someone else might say the PhD experience is isolated and torturous, but I can tell you that I am having a great time here in PAIS.

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Why choose PAIS?

The department of Politics and International Studies is a dynamic, intellectually stimulating environment where students from across the globe come together with cutting-edge academic researchers to study, collaborate, and exchange ideas. The range of expertise represented in our 50+ academics means we can supervise a broad spectrum of research projects, allowing you to personalise your degree according to your interests and career goals.

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