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The School of Politics and International Relations' 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.
Our chief research strengths lie in security, social and global justice, contemporary political theory, international history, comparative politics, and British politics.
If you are interested in a research degree with us, please visit our postgraduate research degrees section.
In the latest Research Excellence Framework:
Our postgraduate research programme
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 established in 2011 and aims to promote the study of security politics, both within the UK and internationally.
The centre, launched in 2010, promotes the school's research in normative political theory, which explores questions about how political arrangements ought to be.
Launched in 2013, the centre seeks to promote, facilitate and communicate interdisciplinary research in the area of political ideology.
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 institute is a major focus of interdisciplinary research on the Asia and Pacific region, promoting cooperation in research, postgraduate teaching, international conferences and resource development.
The institute was established to deliver high-quality methods for training and support for the social science research community, both across the University and beyond.
The centre was established in 2015 through a collaborative effort with the School of Economics to promote interdisciplinary work.
Launched in 2014, the centre exists to promote teaching excellence and to celebrate and increase the visibility of teaching.
Newly based in the School of Politics and International Relations, the China Policy Institute is a major centre of expertise on contemporary China.
The school also has links with:
Explore more research on the University's research website.
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