Political Economy and Public Policy Workshop

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Mark Thatcher, Dr Stephen Woolcock, Dr James Morrison and Dr Sara Hagemann


This course is available on the MPhil/ PhD in European Studies, MPhil/ PhD in International Relations, MPhil/PhD in Government, MRes Political Science and PhD in Political Science. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This workshop is jointly organised by the European Institute, the Government Department and the International Relations Department for research students of these departments working in the general area of political economy and public policy and who have usually passed their first year. Research students from other departments wishing to attend should contact the teachers responsible.

It should be noted that the course has three codes- EU555, GV555 and IR555.

Course content

Presentation and intense discussion of thesis outlines, chapters and related work. A detailed programme is fixed at the start of the year. Seminar presentations by outside speakers may be added.


7 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the MT. 7 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the LT.

Seminars take place every other week throughout MT and LT. There is also a mini-conference in the ST, organised by the students themselves.


There is no examination for this course. Regular attendance and active participation by all students is required. Each attending student has to give at least one presentation of their thesis research.

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2016/17: 3

Average class size 2016/17: 4

Value: Non-credit bearing

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills