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The Department of International Politics is committed to a philosophy of combining outstanding teaching with some of the most interesting and most provocative research in the field. As the world’s first department of its kind, the Department of International Politics has been a pioneer in the subject, with members of staff striking out in new and innovative directions while shaping the agenda that defines the subject.
The Department of International Politics offers an exceptional combination of outstanding teaching and an energetic and lively community that welcomes students from all over the world. It is the UK’s leading centre of excellence for the study of international relations as indicated by the results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
A large and extremely successful graduate school is one of several defining features of an unrivalled research culture. Over 100 postgraduate students working towards a Masters degree or pursuing PhD research make a significant and valuable contribution to the intellectual life of the Department. Their considerable achievements are confirmed by conspicuous success in both the academic and professional worlds.The Department’s extraordinary research culture is also evident in a wealth of events and activities. Several prestigious annual events bring major academic and political figures to Aberystwyth. Leading scholars join staff and postgraduate students in the weekly International Politics Research Seminar. Staff and students are able to explore specialised interests in one of thirteen research groups, which host visiting speakers, organise conferences, and run their own seminar series. And no fewer than seven academic journals are edited by members of the Department.
The magic of the Aberystwyth experience is found in a superior education, which encourages critical thinking, and a friendly learning environment that is alive to the importance of a free and open exchange of ideas. These values reflect the rich tradition of the Department of International Politics and the vision of its founder, Lord Davies of Llandinam: to work for a more just and peaceful global order.
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The MPhil in International Politics is a research-based Masters, which provides an opportunity to research and write a 60,000-word thesis on a topic of your choosing and fits with the research interests of the Department. Read more
This innovative scheme provides a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding contemporary Wales. Read more