By studying at Brunel to pursue your research interests you will be welcomed into a world-class and internationally-renowned research environment which focuses distinctively on collaboration and its impact on the wider society. In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), our expertise was recognised, in which 64% of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally-excellent.
At Brunel we understand that research requires ideas, knowledge and inspiration that is not limited to one particular field of discipline. Brunel’s interdisciplinary research groups work collaboratively with other universities, both nationally and internationally, as well as with organisations, and this is a key feature of our History department. Our links to academia and industry directly benefits our research students.
We offer many funded and non-funded research degree opportunities and you will benefit from working alongside our enthusiastic and expert academics and researchers. Also, being a research student at Brunel means you will benefit from the support of our Graduate School too.
With special focus on the rise and fall of empires, regimes, nations and states.
Political structures and processes with a focus on Britain, the US, Asia, countries within the EU, and the EU itself.
With special interest in theories of violence and revolution.
With a key focus on the institutions and processes of intelligence gathering.
Including military history from the ancient to the modern period, counterinsurgency, peace-building, and border conflict.
Including specialisms in the modern Middle East and the politics of intervention.
Magna Carta Institute PhD
Intelligence and Security Studies PhD
Politics and History PhD