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Politics, Philosophy and Religion

Our department brings together political science, international relations, philosophy, and religious studies. Alongside strengths in each discipline, many staff combine two or more areas in their teaching and scholarship.

Undergraduate Study

Our degree programmes develop your understanding of politics, international relations, philosophical ideas, and religion traditions. You can study most of these subjects on their own, reflecting the department's disciplinary expertise. We also offer a range of joint degrees, including "Philosophy, Politics & Economics" and "Politics, Religion & Values," reflecting the department's unique interdisciplinary strengths.

Postgraduate Study

We offer a range of postgraduate taught programmes, including MA degrees in our core subject areas of Politics, International Relations, Philosophy and Religious Studies. In addition, we offer several Distance Learning programmes, especially in Diplomacy and International Relations, as well as Postgraduate Certificates in Religious Studies and Quaker Studies. Postgraduates play a full part in our vibrant intellectual community, with opportunities to engage with both undergraduates and academic staff.


The department is home to internationally recognised research in politics, philosophy and religious studies. The Department was ranked third in its field in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework, while we await results of the 2020 REF. Areas of strength include religion, values and society; political theory and contemporary ethical debates; religion and conflict; and international relations and security. The department is also home to several research centres, including the Richardson Institute on peace and conflict.


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