Our PhD candidates participate in a range of academic activities. This includes, first and foremost, the attendance of a number of taught courses  during the first year of PhD study. We also organise a regular Young Researchers’ Seminars which provide a forum for presentation of work in progress, be it by members of the PhD community, Post-Doc fellows, or invited speakers, as well as an opportunity to discuss academic and administrative matters of mutual concern. Furthermore, PhD candidates are also invited to participate actively in the Departmental Research Seminar which brings together all members of the Department of Political Science to discuss research papers on a weekly basis.  

At the end of each academic year, usually in June, the PhD community comes together in the context of the Annual PhD Conference of the PhD Program in Politics. More generally, we encourage and facilitate the participation of our PhD candidates in the main national and international conferences of our profession. For example, through our membership in the European Consortium of Political Research there are numerous opportunities to participate in the activities of ECPR and its many Standing Groups and Research Networks.  

In addition, we have signed an agreement with the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Programme  which provides a host of additional opportunities for participation in training courses or research workshops.