Pathway Leader:
Prof. Alex Colas

Team members:

Zeynep Bulutgil
Sarah El-Kazaz

InstitutionTraining Route1+32+3+3+4
BBKGlobal Politics
BBKPublic Policy and Management
SOASPolitics and International Studies
UCLPolitical Science

Bloomsbury’s Politics and International Relations pathway brings together three departments with world-class reputations for research excellence: Birkbeck’s Department of Politics, the School of Oriental and African Studies’ Department of Politics and International Studies and UCL’s Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy. Together, these departments span more subfields of politics and international relations and more geographical foci than any other ESRC doctoral training partnership in the UK. Between 2008-2013, the three departments had in excess of £4.7 million in research funded by the ESRC, AHRC, EC and other bodies, and supervised more than 80 doctoral students to successful completion. The Politics and International Relations pathway offers five routes: Politics, Global Politics, Public Policy and Management, Politics and International Studies, and Political Science. Each has a distinctive emphasis determined by focus and methodological approach, allowing students to follow disciplinary and methods training in accordance with their research interests. All will be available in 1+3 and +3 structures, and there is also a +4 option for students who have a new or difficult language to learn. In addition to provision within individual departments, students following the Politics and International Relations pathway will have the opportunity to take modules across Birkbeck, SOAS and UCL. Potential applicants must apply first to the department of their choice using the normal application procedure to their MPhil/PhD programmes. Please see the individual departments in this pathway for further details on deadline. Applicants are encouraged to make contact with the relevant PhD programme director well in advance of this deadline to discuss their application: Prof. Alex Colas (,  Dr Sarah El-Kazaz ( and Dr Lauge Poulsen ( Please check with relevant Departments for deadlines on applying to programmes.