The School of Politics and International Relations, is one of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic places to study Politics and International Relations. We combine high quality teaching with cutting-edge research in a supportive environment that welcomes students from all over the world to undertake our undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research programmes. We have experts in all of the main areas of the discipline of Politics including: Conflict, Security, European Studies, International Relations, Political Theory, International Political Economy, Human Rights and Public Policy. We pride ourselves on our global outlook which is reflected in the wide range of international partnerships and the fact that we have a Specialist Postgraduate Centre in Brussels.
As one of the founding departments of the University of Kent in 1965, the School of Politics and International Relations has developed into an institution that is at the forefront of contemporary political and international studies. Throughout its growth and development it has played host to world renowned scholars in the areas of political theory, British and comparative politics, European studies, conflict analysis and international relations.
The School of Politics and International Relations enjoys the presence of a number of world leading academics. Ruth Blakeley is a leading specialist on terrorism and human rights (see her groundbreaking and highly influential The Rendition Project). Andrea den Boer’s prominent work on ethics and gender has been instrumental in the development of the world renowned WomanStats Project. Michael Burgess is the leading expert on federal studies in the UK. Feargal Cochrane is a world class scholar of conflict research. Elena Korosteleva is a leading expert on the EU's neighbourhood policy. Richard Sakwa is at the forefront of writing on Russian and European politics. And Richard Whitman is one of the world’s leading experts on European international politics.
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