About us

The Department of Politics and International Relations prides itself on world-class research and an international reputation for excellence. A vibrant student body combined with highly qualified academic staff provides the perfect environment to explore this dynamic and fast-paced field.

The Department is located at the heart of the university campus

The Department is located at the heart of the university campus

Ranking 14th in the UK according to The Complete Universities Guide, Political Science at Cardiff University enjoys a reputation for excellence and attracts funding in a number of areas. Research expertise includes political theory, public policy, the politics of devolution, and International Relations, including international law, global ethics, security and piracy.

We offer an exciting and flexible range of courses for those with an interest in politics and international relations.

At undergraduate level, students can choose to study politics as a single honours degree, as part of an integrated honours courses (with law or international relations) or as a joint honours courses with a variety of humanities and social sciences subjects. In addition, we offer the unique Cardiff-Bordeaux Joint degree scheme which is a unique and innovative collaborative programme taught with the internationally-renowned Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Sciences Po, in Bordeaux.

There is a thriving postgraduate community in the Department, with popular master’s courses and the opportunity to study for a Phd or MPhil.

We also work closely with a number of centres including the The British Idealism and Collingwood Centre and the Wales Governance Centre, as well as external partners like the Welsh Centre for International Affairs.

Head of School

Professor René Lindstädt