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About War Studies

The Department of War Studies seeks to understand the complex realm of war, conflict and international politics.

Our purpose
  • To provide outstanding research-led teaching to the next generation of scholars in conflict, policy, and international relations.
  • To produce world-leading research that develops new empirical knowledge, employs innovative theory, and addresses vital policy issues.
  • To contribute to society through engagement and knowledge exchange with policymakers, industry and the general public in the UK and beyond.
Our values 
  • Fostering interdisciplinary, critical engagement and creativity.
  • Encouraging integrity, honesty and personal responsibility.
  • Providing an environment where academic views can be expressed freely.
  • Creating an inclusive, accepting and collegial environment.
  • Supporting students and staff to achieve their individual potential.
  • Committed to embedding good diversity and inclusion practice. Read our Code of Conduct.
What makes us unique?
  • One of the only academic departments in the world to focus solely on the complexities of conflict and security.
  • Students are taught by experts and pioneers in their fields who are at the forefront of world events as they happen.
  • Our academic cohort bring an extensive and continually growing network of national and international links around the world that students benefit from
  • Extensive range of events throughout the year hosting world leading speakers.
  • Our physical proximity to government (King's strand campus is 10 minutes walk from Whitehall) stimulates engagement and generates interaction between the study and practice of security and foreign policy.

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