The school's research engages with the most fundamental political questions of our time. Our research activity is organised around the school's centres and institutes. This framework provides an integrative and dynamic environment for staff to pursue individual and collective research projects.
These research projects have led to the regular production of high quality publications by staff, awards and prizes, and frequent hosting of seminars and conferences. We are also home to a number of key journals in the discipline.
If you are interested in a research degree with us, please visit our postgraduate research degrees section.
In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
, we were rated in the top 15 in the UK for research power, with 96% of our research activity being rated as of 'international standard'.
Our research centres and institutes
Established in 2008, the Centre builds on existing expertise, in order to develop a better understanding of the subject and promote cross-disciplinary perspectives.
The Centre was created in 2005 to provide a focus for research and teaching in relation to the most fundamental question facing us as citizens: How should we live?
The Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism, established in 2011, aims to promote the study of security politics, both within the UK and internationally.
NICEP promotes interdisciplinary work between Economics and Politics and supports research on representation, political behaviour, political economy and public policy, and quality of government.
The Centre, launched in 2010, promotes the School's research in normative political theory, which explores questions about how political arrangements ought to be.
The Institute is a major focus of inter-disciplinary research on the Asia and Pacific region, promoting cooperation in research, postgraduate teaching, international conferences and resource development.
The Methods and Data Institute - established to deliver high quality methods for training and support for the social science research community, both across the University and beyond.
Launched in 2013, the Centre seeks to promote, facilitate and communicate interdisciplinary research in the area of political ideology.
Newly based in the School of Politics and International Relations, the China Policy Institute is a major centre of expertise on contemporary China.
Launched in 2014, the centre exists to promote teaching excellence and to celebrate and increase the visibility of teaching.