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The Department of Politics & International Studies (POLIS) has an international reputation for research in the areas of comparative politics. We have a specific interest in British, Italian and Spanish politics, but also focus on wider questions of global, regional and national governance, including executive government, executive-legislative relations, comparative party development, democracy studies, national party links with EU, and issues of citizen participation and governance in theory and in practice.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

We welcome enquiries about PhD study in this subject area.

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Mrs Carol Fuller
+44 (0)1908 654435

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under ‘Your questions’ on the right of the page.