MPhil and PhD Opportunities
History, Sociology and Politics
Postgraduate Research in History, Sociology and Politics.
Research in history, politics and social studies takes place under the umbrella of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) at the University of Portsmouth. We are particularly proud of our well-developed research culture and strong commitment to scholarship and publication, and our research was rated 'top in the UK' according to the Research Power Index compiled by the prestigious journal Research Fortnight. Based in a grade II listed building of historic significance, at the heart of the Central University campus, we offer excellent higher degree supervision by internationally recognised academic staff in all of our subject areas.
Centre for European and International studies Research (CEISR)
CEISR brings together more than 60 researchers and 20 postgraduates from across the University. The Centre offers a vibrant, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment within which to pursue research. Activities have been funded by major UK and European research councils, including the AHRC, ESF, ESRC, EU, UNESCO, the British Academy and various NGOs.
At CEISR, we welcome linguists, historians, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists and specialists in area studies, as they undertake interdisciplinary research in disciplines across the humanities, social sciences and arts. Under the CEISR umbrella, researchers are grouped into research clusters which include: Francophone Africa, International Development Studies and Security Issues, Language Across Borders, Social and Cultural History, Sociology and Social Theory, Transnational Europe, Women's and Gender Studies.
Whilst studying, I felt part of a research community and had a supportive network of PhD supervisors, friends studying for their History PhDs and the staff in the History department.
Daniel Swan, PhD History
Funded PhD opportunities
- Expertise in Supranational Politics: the European Parliament Research Service, Policy-Making, and the Democratic Deficit (Applications currently closed)
MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
By Publication: 1 year part-time
A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
- MPhil/PhD Fees*
MPhil full time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
MPhil part time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
PhD full time course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
PhD part-time course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,195 p/a
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £1,970 p/a
International full-time students: £12,600 p/a
International part-time students: £6,300 p/a
- By Publication Fees*
Members of staff: £1,490 p/a
External candidates: £4,195 p/a
*All fees are subject to annual increase.
History at the University of Portsmouth is a distinctive field in which the comprehension of the past, and an awareness of the processes of social change, combine to create a stronger understanding of our present. Research areas include:
- War, revolution and religious persecution
- Gender/Women's History
- Leisure activity
- Political use of heritage
Sociology's long-standing interest in the complexity of social life and the multiple respects in which social institutions, structures, and processes influence conduct makes it vital for understanding the pressing issues of our times.
Research areas include:
- Classical and contemporary social thought
- Consumption and the environment
- Food and drink
- Emotions, happiness and wellbeing
- Culture, class, taste and aesthetics
- Gender and sexuality
- Race, ethnicity, citizenship, and nationalism
- Globalization, inequality and protest movements
- Sociology of economic life, work and employment
- The cultural economy of sport
- Violence, war, militarism, and the body
Politics and International Relations
We are interested in politics and international relations at different levels of government and governance:
- United Kingdom and the European Union
- Other world regions (e.g. post-Soviet Space, US)
We study the contestation of political issues by:
- International and regional integration organisations
- States, political parties, societal actors and networks
We explore themes including:
- Globalisation, risk, terrorism, foreign and security policy
- Migration and citizenship
- Political leadership
Facilities & Features
You will benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
From the moment you join us, you will be supported by the University's Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team. You will be invited to a two-day induction, helping you to get the most from our facilities and be part of our thriving research community. You can also extend your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.
Careers & Opportunities History, Sociology and Politics
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities.
The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.
Doctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers that make an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.
In addition to supervision from experts in the field, you will be supported to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. You will also develop skills that are desirable to employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.
How to apply
Step 1 - Contact us
Contact us to express your interest. We'll then put you in touch with a potential supervisor to discuss your research in more depth.