Politics and International Relations

Why study with us?

Hear from our students about what it's like to study Politics and International Relations at Kent

Flexibility and choice

We offer a range of undergraduate degree programmes that include joint honours programmes, opportunities to study abroad in 18 countries worldwide and single honours programmes with the option of taking “wild modules” from a huge range of other Schools with the University. Module choices are flexible and give you the opportunity to tailor your degree to your own interests. We also offer taught Master’s degrees at our Canterbury campus and at the University’s Brussels School of International Studies, Kent’s specialist postgraduate centre in the political capital of Europe. We welcome research proposals on a wide range of topics, from political thought to conflict analysis.

“Studying Politics and IR at Kent allows you to focus on whichever aspect you are most interested in. There is also the option of choosing wild modules in order to pursue other interests and really make your degree everything you want.”

Global outlook

The School of Politics and International Relations prides itself on its global outlook which is reflected in the wide range of our international partners across Europe, the Americas and Asia. The School also offers programmes at the University’s Brussels School of International Studies, Kent’s specialist postgraduate centre in the political capital of Europe.

"My year abroad in Japan was one of the most amazing years to date, I met some of the most amazing people, got to travel to breath-taking cities and little towns all over Japan, and got to practice my Japanese every day, it was a huge adventure with amazing results for my language abilities and international connections"

Multi-cultural environment

Students and staff come from all over the world to study and teach at the School of Politics and International Relations, which greatly enhances the learning environment for all our students. Discussing topics such as terrorism and conflict with people who come from countries that have experienced such troubles brings your academic studies firmly into the real world.

"The cultural diversity creates an excellent learning environment where students feed off each other’s experiences thus bettering their understanding of the world around them"

Supportive and quality student experience

In the National Student Survey 2017, 91% of Politics students were satisfied with the overall quality of their course. This reflects the quality of experience that we aim to provide. We pride ourselves on offering excellent academic and pastoral support ensuring that students are supported throughout their entire student experience. It is very important that our academic staff are available to speak to students and easily contactable during term time via email and during office hours.

“Academic staff are always available when you need them, they provide clear answers to questions and on many occasions have directed me to books and other sources of information which have significantly helped when writing assignments.”

World-leading research

All our teaching is underpinned by the research interests of our academic staff. This means that you will be taught by leading experts in each particular field, who are currently engaged in writing papers, books and articles, attending conferences and playing a significant role in the development of modern political thought.

We have been rated a top 20 UK Politics and International Relations department for our research power, and as assessed by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework Exercise (REF). In addition 94% of our research has been ranked as world leading or of international significanceand we are joint first in the country with 100% of our impact case studies evaluated as being either outstanding, or having very considerable impact.

“Passionate staff and a dynamic research environment have made my time here thoroughly enjoyable.”"

Excellent career prospects

Our modules and programmes teach key transferable skills and attributes to equip students with the tools they need to succeed in a highly competitive workplace. In addition, we also run a successful Employability throughout the year to support our students in finding jobs and further study. We are currently ranked 6th in the UK for Graduate Prospects in The Guardian League Table 2017.

“The wide range of module I had access to helped me develop my employability skills and focus on what I'm interested in. The employability services are very efficient, they helped me find an internship and are very responsive to the student's needs.”

Inspirational and inspiring teaching

Our innovative teaching practices have received national recognition. We use a diverse range of teaching methods from large lectures to small group discussions, simulation exercises, and class debates. The Open Forum is a weekly debate where a small panel which includes members of staff and students kick start a discussion with a response to the question of the week and the remainder of the session is opened to the audience to lead the ensuing (usually lively!) debate.

“All the members of the teaching staff are true experts in their field and continuously seek to get the students more involved in the topics addressed in lectures and seminars.”

The Kent experience

The Canterbury campus is built on 300 acres of park land half-an-hour’s walk from Canterbury city centre. Residential, teaching and administrative buildings are surrounded by green open spaces, fields and woods. It is a vibrant, friendly and cosmopolitan campus, with excellent sports and social facilities including a theatre, cinema and nightclub. You will study within one of the founding departments of the University when it was established in 1965. We are proud of our strong heritage and our students benefit from our 50 years of experience and expertise in the dynamic field of politics and international relations.

“As soon as I stepped foot on campus I was sure this was the place for me. Not only is the campus absolutely stunning, with extraordinary views, but it makes you feel at home the minute you get there.”

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Last Updated: 16/05/2019