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We offer degrees in both Politics and International Relations as Single Honours, and in a number of Joint Honours combinations with other subjects such as Economics, Law, Modern Languages and Philosophy; and a variety of combined honours degrees where politics or international relations can be taken as a minor subject. We also offer a programme in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE). Our degree programmes are flexible and combine theoretical study with classic and contemporary political processes.

Excellence in teaching

Over the past twelve years, our staff have been awarded 19 prizes for our outstanding teaching.

Degree course and module information

The materials below show the modules that are available to students in 2022/23. It indicates the range of content that we teach on our degree programmes. The content that we teach does change from year-to-year, and so we cannot guarantee that the modules listed here will be taught in subsequent years.

Student societies

We also have two thriving student societies. 

What our students say

"Studying in the PIR Department has been a wonderful experience. It is a young and dynamic department and the lecturers bring real enthusiasm to their teaching. It is extremely rewarding to be taught by active and accomplished researchers who bring the most recent debates into their courses. And the dynamism of the academic staff is complemented by an active PIR Student Society. I thoroughly recommend studying here." 
Yvonne Jeffery, BA Politics & International Relations.

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