How do we determine who is a terrorist? What is causing the rise of far-right parties across the EU? And how can the international community best respond to conflict in the Middle East?
If these sorts of complex questions fascinate you, you’ll love studying politics and international relations with us. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the world’s most topical political issues and address them in a stimulating environment where discussion is quite simply the way we work.
We've designed our courses to be flexible, enabling you to choose optional modules that reflect your interests. Moreover, you can gain a direct insight into real-world political processes through innovative political simulations, integrated work placements and hands-on tasks. Our Model United Nations, US Foreign Policy and Middle East simulations give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills to a scenario that mimics real life, while our Media and Politics module involves you in producing the day's political news. We also offer an extensive programme of guest speakers and visiting experts, and a range of placement and study abroad opportunities.
We have been ranked 9th in the UK by research intensity (Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked by Subject, 2014, based on its analysis of REF 2014 - Politics and International Studies) and 80% of our research impact is recognised to be world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework (REF), 2014).
Your learning is informed by our world-leading research and is led by expert staff who have direct experience of the world of politics and international affairs.
Most of your learning time will be spent in small seminar groups, allowing you to interact directly with staff and other students and add your own voice to the discussion.
Studying with us will prepare you for your future career. Our combination of skills development, placements and practical modules has meant that 94% of graduates from the Department of Politics and International Relations are in work or further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2016/17.)