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Politics and international relations

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Investigate governance, democracy, citizenship and the links between power and protest. Learn how to question political decision-making to help understand some of our biggest challenges, from climate change to human rights.

Placements and public engagement opportunities give you real-world experience working with policymakers and civil servants. Field trips to Whitehall and Westminster let you explore the events, ideologies, systems and policies behind modern politics. Sharpen your creative thinking and communication skills in our simulations and workshops. At master's level, explore topics more deeply from global politics, cyber security and risk analysis to public policy and international relations.

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Graduates of our politics and international relations courses have gone on to careers in government, foreign affairs, humanitarian organisations and the Civil Service. Explore our undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees.

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Rhetoric and argument, political ethics and classical thought are where my research interests lie.
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