Politics and International Relations

The Division of Politics and International Relations provides a vibrant, close-knit academic community in which to base your undergraduate and postgraduate studies. We offer a range of distinctive and popular courses delivered by an enthusiastic team of talented academics. 

Our staff are recognised nationally and internationally for their research activity, media contribution and consultancy work, but remain passionate about translating this expertise into the classroom. 

This link between teaching and research represents a core value of the division, and you will find that all our academics continue to be involved in your learning experiences, from the first year onwards.

Our courses provide you with:

  • The knowledge you need to explore the world: We have a team of area specialists who provide in-depth knowledge and clear insight into many of the key countries and regions of the world today.                                                                      
  • The ideas you need to understand the world: We also have a well-established team of theorists, specialising in political philosophy, global history and contemporary political theory, who can help you to analyse and interpret contemporary global events in a critical and well-informed manner.                                                                                                          
  • The people to help you shape your learning: A friendly and close-knit community of academics and wider support staff, recognised by students and by the sector for their dedication and professionalism. Our academic staff have many years of experience of teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and numerous successful Ph.D. supervisions should you wish eventually to pursue your studies to doctoral level.                                                                                                    
  • The skills you need to succeed: Our focus on developing your critical and research skills will prepare you for a range of employment scenarios. Innovative forms of delivery and assessment will familiarise you with various new media, eLearning facilities and presentation technologies.                                                                                                        
  • Flexible learning opportunities: As part of your course, you can choose to participate in placements and other employment-related activities. If you wish, you may also spend a semester studying abroad with one of our European partner institutions.                                                                                                                                                    
  • Research-informed learning environments: You will be taught by a committed and talented team of academics recognised nationally and internationally for their research expertise.               

Contact us

For further information about the Division of Politics and International Relations please email us or call +44 (0)115 848 4460.


Dr Rose Gann
Head of Division
Division of Politics and International Relations
School of Social Sciences

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