Politics and International Relations

  • 5th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research
  • 9th for Politics in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017
  • Extensive range of research expertise across all political disciplines including security, international relations and public policy
  • Research funded by EU, ESRC, AHRC, British Academy, Leverhulme, Nuffield and others
  • Research published in leading international journals and by the major academic and university presses, including Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge
  • Editorship of leading journals History of Political Thought, European Journal of Political Research and International Review of Administrative Sciences
  • Innovative graduate programmes including Security Strategy, International Relations; Public Administration; and Conflict, Development and Security

As one of the top-ten departments in the UK, Politics at Exeter provides an ideal place to undertake a MPhil/PhD in Politics and International Relations, Security, Conflict and Justice or Strategy and Security. There are opportunities at both the Streatham Campus in Exeter and at the Penryn Campus near Falmouth.

The MA by Research in Politics has been developed to allow you to undertake a research project in an area that interests you, within a shorter timeframe than the two year MPhil or three year PhD.

With over thirty members of faculty engaged in world-leading research and more than ninety research students currently enrolled, we offer a challenging but friendly and supportive environment in which to pursue your own research interests.

One of the advantages of an excellent all round department is that we can offer supervision across a wide range of subject areas at both our Streatham Campus in Exeter and in Cornwall, depending on the research interests of staff.

Our research led teaching is organised in clusters of faculty with specialisms in:

  • Comparative Political Behaviour & Institutions
  • Public Policy
  • International Studies
  • Political Theory

All academic staff in the department are active within at least one of these groups.  Postgraduate students, whether working on their own or within larger projects led by staff members, are also integral members of clusters. Public Policy and Political Theory have journals associated with them and operate their own research seminars. 

In addition to the clusters, there are also a number of University and School research centres which are more focussed and integrated, in many cases with external funding.

There is a joint departmental research seminar which hosts visiting speakers and provides a forum for discussion of staff research papers. There is also a dedicated Postgraduate seminar series that acts as a forum for discussion of current PGR research being conducted within the Department.

The College of Social Sciences and International Studies also has its own Graduate Research School which provides practical help and advice to prospective and current students.