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About War Studies

The Department of War Studies is one of the only academic departments in the world focused on understanding the complex realm of conflict, security, and international politics through inter-disciplinary teaching, research and engagement.


Outstanding teaching

We provide outstanding research-led teaching to the next generation of scholars in conflict, policy, and international relations from BA through to PhD. Our teachers are world-leading experts and pioneers in their fields, whose research and influence takes them to the forefront of global events as they happen.

World-leading research

We sit in the School of Security Studies alongside the Defence Studies Department, forming the largest community of scholars in the world dedicated to producing world-leading research on all aspects of security and international relations. Our research develops new empirical knowledge, employs innovative theory, and addresses vital policy issues.

An international community

We are an international community of scholars with staff and students coming from all over the world. We're also globally connected via partnerships with universities and organisations all around the world, mutually benefitting students and researchers alike.

Our impact and engagement

We generate interaction and knowledge exchange between the study and practice of security and foreign policy. Our extensive range of events hosting world leading speakers and our location in central London 10 minutes from government in Whitehall, helps stimulate engagement with the public and policymakers alike. 


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