The undergraduate teaching of the Department is organised through the HSPS Tripos (Human, Social and Political Science). Students intending to specialise in Politics and International Relations take the Politics paper and the International Relations paper in Part I with two other papers, and then in Part II take a range of papers in Comparative and International Politics, International Relations and Political Thought. The aim of the course is to explore the different meanings of the ‘political’ and the ‘international’, to understand the different contexts of national and international politics, and the importance of ideas, institutions and processes in shaping political developments and choices. At the postgraduate level the Department offers an MPhil in International Relations and Politics, an MPhil in Public Policy, and a part-time MSt in International Relations (in collaboration with the Institute for Continuing Education). It also has a thriving PhD programme, which admits fifteen to twenty students a year, and is linked to the ESRC doctoral training centre. More than 200 students from over 30 countries are currently enrolled on graduate programmes. Members of the Department also make significant contributions to the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History and the MPhils in African, Development and Latin American Studies
The University invested £16m in the ARB which was specifically planned for the needs of the enlarged Department, and to encourage interdisciplinarity. The building has brought research and teaching closer together, and has a vibrant postgraduate community. The co-location of POLIS with the Centres and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) has enabled colleagues to collaborate across conventional boundaries, creating synergies through frequent interdisciplinary conferences and workshops.
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