Politics & International Relations Faculty
The study of Politics & International Relations (IR) prepares students to engage with some of our world’s most pressing questions. Students of Politics & IR bring a study of the humanities together in addressing the issues that shape our world.
Our world-class academics
The Politics & IR Faculty has special expertise in constitutions, the EU, political theory, world political history and Latin America. Members of faculty have published work with Oxford University Press, Routledge and Polity, Journal of American Studies, amongst others.
Dr Diana Bozhilova
Head of Faculty, Senior Lecturer, Dr Bozhilova has recently served as expert witness on the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union, leading to the publication of its report. She is also a published author on democratisation and reform since the end of the Cold War, as well as on energy security in the EU-Russia partnership.
How we teach
Students study both political theory, looking at normative questions, and political science, looking at the organisation of government. Students examine governance, institution-building and decision-making through an analysis of historical phenomena, economic conditions, diplomatic relations, security and socio-cultural linkages among state and non-state sectors.
Hear from our students
'Studying Politics & International Relations alongside my major, Economics, has given me a real insight into how certain economic decisions fit together with philosophical thought, and it has been enlightening to view how the work of political philosophers has influenced economic thought in the past.'
Nick Gorham, Politics & International Relations BSc with Economics & Philosophy