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Politics and International Relations

  • 1st in UK for world-leading and internationally excellent researchTHE REF, Institutions ranked by subject (2022)

Welcome to the Department of Politics and International Relations

From covering particular regions of the world and problems of public policy to democracy, elections and political ideas, our research is dynamic and global in its scope and impact.


Our range of distinct postgraduate courses has been carefully chosen to give our students a comprehensive knowledge of the historical and contemporary dynamics of important social phenomena and of major regions of the world. From Media, Power and Public Affairs, to International Public Policy and the Politics of Development, our programmes reflect our own areas of expertise and attract students from around the world.

Our teaching is led by staff who are engaged in a wide range of topics, the very latest information and research findings. We've built a curriculum that is truly up-to-date and reflects the most recent innovations in the discipline. We strive to ensure the research and teaching we offer at Royal Holloway is of the highest quality.


We offer postgraduate courses in:

MSc International Relations

MSc International Public Policy

MSc Media, Power and Public Affairs

MA Politics of Development

MSc Elections, Campaigns and Democracy

MSc International Security

MSc Gender Studies and International Relations*

MSc Gender Studies and Politics*

*Courses under development for 2023 entry