We are a vibrant and diverse department based in Lancaster University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. PPR was formed in 2010 by merging three subjects – Politics and International Relations, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. It’s the only department of its kind in the UK, and a great place to study and research.
Politics, Philosophy and Religion
Open up a world of opportunities with Politics, Philosophy and Religion – the only department of its kind in the UK.
In UK for Research Power in the most recent Research Excellence Framework
For Satisfied with teaching (Philosophy)
The Guardian University Guide (2024)
For Theology and Religious Studies
The Complete University Guide (2024)
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. 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. Areas of strength include religion, values and society; political theory and contemporary ethical debates; religion and conflict; and international relations and security.
Careers and Employability
Recent PPR graduates have pursued a range of careers in different sectors: from the civil service, diplomacy, journalism, and the charity sector, to financial services, marketing, and accounting. A PPR degree can help set you apart from other graduates on the job market.Careers and employability
Meet Our Alumni
Our alumni share their experiences, tips and advice, including how their degrees led them to their current jobs. They have taken up a wide range of careers, ranging from Media Relations Officer in Her Majesty’s Revenue to Customs and Government Affairs Manager at Vodafone.Our Alumni
Second meeting of the AHRC/DFG project in Kantian ethics, "Using people well, treating people badly”
Last week, Lancaster University hosted the second meeting of the AHRC/DFG project in Kantian ethics, "Using people well, treating people badly”: https://sites.google.com/view/usingpeoplewell. Eight speakers shared Kantian perspectives on politics and markets, including the project team from Lancaster, Bristol and Ruhr University Bochum, as well as guests from Johns Hopkins, Durham, Keele and Lancaster.
Providing a new NW platform on major defence and security issues from a unique vantage point
The Centre for War and Diplomacy (CWD) at Lancaster University is behind a move to ensure the North West region has a strong voice on defence and security and to encompass fresh perspectives from beyond London.