Politics and International Relations

The University of Exeter has one of the best all round Politics departments in the UK. We excel in research and teaching across all the main areas of political science including international relations, political theory, public policy and administration, comparative politics, public opinion and political behaviour.

We have grown significantly in recent years and our reputation for high quality research has helped us recruit staff with excellent records, providing us with a breadth and depth of expertise. Research income has grown with major awards from the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Commission and Leverhulme Trust. The department's strong research culture is reflected in our regular seminars and workshops and visits from internationally renowned scholars.

We have a thriving postgraduate community with over 80 Masters students each year and currently more than 60 PhD students.

Our varied taught programmes provide advance study across a range of interests, and we support MPhil/PhD and Masters by Research across a diverse range of topics with good opportunities for funding. 

We also offer the Exeter MPA which is designed to help you meet the challenge of shaping and delivering effective public services.

Politics and International Relations Success at the Guild Teaching Awards 2016

Three academic staff in our Politics and International Relations department were recognised for their contribution to their students’ experience.

Dr Bice Maiguascha won Best Taught Supervisor; Dr Sandra Kröger was runner up in the Innovative Teaching category; and Professor Ian Bateman was runner up in the Best Research Supervisor category.

Our Politics department at the University’s Penryn Campus was also shortlisted in the Best Subject (Penryn) category, and our Politics (Penryn) academic colleague Dr Joanie Willett was shortlisted in the Innovative Teaching category. These nominations really highlight the education strength in Politics and International Relations we have at both our Streatham Campus (Exeter) and our Penryn Campus (Cornwall). Read more.