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Politics, Philosophy and Religion

Open up a world of opportunities with Politics, Philosophy and Religion – the only department of its kind in the UK.

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.

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Undergraduate Study

Our degrees explore politics, international relations, philosophical ideas, and religious traditions. We also offer many joint programmes. Read more about studying in PPR and our graduates' careers.

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. 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.


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