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Research Degrees

Research students working towards MRES, MPhil and PhD's will have dedicated research support workshops available throughout your time with us. You will be part of a significant student body with a thriving cosmopolitan student community. Currently, there are students from over 50 countries studying with us.  

Our research students have access to:  

  • A personal workspace in the School  
  • postgraduate only IT space  
  • Photocopying and printing facilities  
  • Financial support for conferences, research training and fieldwork  
  • A wide range of research training and personal development opportunities  
  • An inclusive and empowering research environment within the School and across the University 


For information about SGIA Research Units and the main points of contact:

Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (IMEIS)

Prof Clive Jones (


Durham Global Security Institute (DGSi)

Prof Roger Mac Ginty (


Global Policy Institute (GPi)

Dr Kyriaki Nanou (


Centre for Institutions and Political Behaviour (CIPB)

Dr Tessa Ditonto (


Centre for Political Thought (CPT)

Dr Elizabeth Kahn (


Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS)

Dr. Gordon Cheung (


Group for Research in International Politics (GRIP

Dr Oliver Belcher (


International Political Economy Group (IPEG)

Dr Jack Copley (


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Research Training

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One of the best things is the amount of diversity within my department. The support from the department has been excellent. We are encouraged to feel part of the research community rather than working in isolation and there is an atmosphere of being able to share ideas and learn from each other's experiences.

PhD Government and International Affairs