BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Politics and History

MPhil  |  Placement Year:   No

An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.

Research profile

Politics and History at Brunel is a thriving, interdisciplinary community of scholars in the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences, with 25 full-time academic faculty as well as a number of associated colleagues, including Honorary Fellows and postgraduate researchers. We engage in world-leading research across the disciplines of politics and history: in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 64% of our research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent.

The Department offers an inclusive research culture that brings together academic staff, postgraduate research students and taught students in lecture series, workshops and international conferences.

Six broad themes provide the foundation on which much of the research of the Department can be categorized:

  • Modern and Contemporary History, with special focus on the rise and fall of empires, regimes, nations and states
  • The political structures and processes of advanced capitalist states, especially Britain, the US, Asia, countries within the EU, and the EU itself
  • The history of political thought, with special interest in theories of violence and revolution
  • Intelligence and Security Studies, with a key focus on the institutions and processes of intelligence gathering
  • War and Conflict, including military history from the ancient to the modern period, counterinsurgency, peace-building, and border conflict
  • International relations, including specialisms in the modern Middle East and the politics of intervention
Programme description

An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.

Research profile

Politics and History at Brunel is a thriving, interdisciplinary community of scholars in the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences, with 25 full-time academic faculty as well as a number of associated colleagues, including Honorary Fellows and postgraduate researchers. We engage in world-leading research across the disciplines of politics and history: in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 64% of our research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent.

The Department offers an inclusive research culture that brings together academic staff, postgraduate research students and taught students in lecture series, workshops and international conferences.

Six broad themes provide the foundation on which much of the research of the Department can be categorized:

  • Modern and Contemporary History, with special focus on the rise and fall of empires, regimes, nations and states
  • The political structures and processes of advanced capitalist states, especially Britain, the US, Asia, countries within the EU, and the EU itself
  • The history of political thought, with special interest in theories of violence and revolution
  • Intelligence and Security Studies, with a key focus on the institutions and processes of intelligence gathering
  • War and Conflict, including military history from the ancient to the modern period, counterinsurgency, peace-building, and border conflict
  • International relations, including specialisms in the modern Middle East and the politics of intervention
Key Modules

Our recent graduates have followed a variety of paths, including academic careers, further research work on grant-funded projects and careers in politics. While studying with us, you will receive excellent research training, which will prepare you for a range of careers.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

Module & Subject
Entry Requirements
  • A minimum score of 60%- 70% or GPA 2.8/4 - 3.4/4. Offers within the grade range are determined by the higher education institution attended.
  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 1 year
Course Fee:  14800.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER