MPhil & PhD in Politics

MPhil and PhD in Politics

The Politics postgraduate research programme draws upon the services of approximately 20 internationally educated staff. Prospective research students will draw upon this extensive expertise and pursue research in a very large number of specialisations.

Politics offers experienced staff as supervisors in all the following sub-fields:

• Comparative politics

• International relations and history

• Political history

• Political philosophy and theory

• Public administration and governance.

 In particular, Politics boasts research active staff working in the fields of:


  • Irish Politics 
  • the EU  
  •  Terrorism
  •  Environmental Politics
  •  Professional Ethics
  •  Nuclear Politics
  •  Comparative Politics
  •  Diplomacy
  •  Party systems
  •  Gender
  •  Political Thought
  •  Democratic Theory
  •  French Politics
  •  US Politics
  •  Conflict & Security
  •  Globalisation
  •  EU Politics
  •  Foreign Policy
  •  Borders/territory
  • Elections
  •  Public Opinion
  • Peacekeeping
  •  Violence
  •  Chinese Politics
  •  Justice
  •  Ideology
  •  British Politics
  •  Political Corruption
  •  International Organisations
  •  Political Philosophy
  •  Regional Organisations
  •  Citizen Participation

Postgraduate students should refer to the relevant Faculty section of the UCC Postgraduate Calendar for their programme requirements.


Applicants for MPhil degrees will normally be expected to have a good honours degree in an appropriate subject.  Applicants for PhD degrees will normally be expected to have an MA/MPhil in a related subject.  Applicants may be called to an interview.  Non-standard applications, especially from mature students, are also considered.

Initial research postgraduates are strongly encouraged to contact Ms. Dawn French in the first instance (

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