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About Politics At King's

King’s is a global centre of excellence for the study of politics and international relations.

Politics at King’s is an initiative seeking to strengthen cross-departmental collaboration around the study of politics, whether at local, national, regional or global level. King’s has made a massive investment in global politics and policy studies since 2008, leading to the creation of two new departments and six research institutes and the strengthening of long established departments.

Politics at King's:

  • Trains the next generation of leaders in scholarship, government, diplomacy, defence, journalism, and public affairs.
  • Provides innovative teaching across the broad field of politics and international studies.
  • Encourages fresh perspectives on political ideas, institutions, processes and challenges.

World-class facilities  

We are the largest concentration of scholars, post-graduate researchers and taught programmes devoted to this field in Europe and one of the largest in the world, including over 150 academics and over 50 programmes, with particular strengths in security studies, international relations, political economy, public policy and regional studies. 

Interdepartmental collaboration

The departments and institutes involved in Politics at King’s form a network for collaboration on the key issues confronting us in a globalised world. The main focus of the initiative is to harness the expertise of staff in the area of politics broadly defined, drawing on the strong tradition of multi and interdisciplinary research at King’s and involving a wide range of other disciplines, including philosophy, sociology, theology, history, political economy, medical sciences, psychology, and psychiatry.

Wide range of study

The Politics at King’s network offers an unprecedented range of taught and doctoral programmes across the field of politics and international studies, including:

Programmes range from terrorism and disaster risk reduction, to the political economy of India, governance in contemporary China and the ethics of the global health movement. 

Teaching experience 

The undergraduate, master’s, and research degrees offered across the Politics at King’s network are united by a shared commitment to teaching excellence and innovation, providing students with a sound grounding to achieve career success in their chosen fields. King’s was rated in the Top 20 universities globally for the Social Sciences in the THE World University Rankings 2015/16.

Politics at King’s seeks to enhance students’ future prospects through participation in a world-leading interdisciplinary network of researchers, where they will be taught by experts whose inspiring work addresses fundamental contemporary questions and policy issues.

Podcast: Professor Mervyn Frost, Department of War Studies and Dr Uta Balbier, North America Institute, discuss the opportunities Politics at King’s creates for teaching and research.

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