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Politics and international relations

Join one of the largest Politics and International Relations departments in the UK, with a rich heritage spanning 120 years.

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Why study with us

Politics and International Relations explore the ways we organise our lives in an interconnected world through a complex range of institutions and practises. There could not be a better time in which to develop your understanding of the most important issues facing us.



94% of our graduates are in employment and/or further study six months after graduating (HESA 2016/17).


Utilise our location and contacts

We have close links with the main institutions of Welsh governance: the Welsh Centre for International Affairs and the United Nations Association (Wales).


Research excellence

The majority of our activity was classed as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in 2014’s Research Excellence Framework (REF).

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Postgraduate Politics and International Relations courses

Find out more about our range of master's degrees in Politics and International Relations from Dr Ian Stafford. Our virtual open day presentation gives an overview of the programmes as well as information about the department and our expert staff.

This course brought together a balance of law and politics modules that gave a detailed overview of how devolution operates in Wales and the rest of UK, as well as how multi-level governance functions throughout the world. The course would be ideal for anyone looking to begin or develop a career working in devolved governance in Wales, or with an interest in Welsh politics.
Joshua Hayman Senior Public Affairs Officer, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales (MSc Econ Welsh Government and Politics)

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Learn from our research

We are home to the Wales Governance Centre, the leading centre for the study of Welsh politics, law and political economy. Our research covers some of the most important issues in Wales today - Brexit, devolution, justice and jurisdiction and fiscal analysis.

Supporting your employability

Our graduates are now working in diverse fields that include non-governmental organisations, global development, international business, teaching, diplomacy and intelligence in government, journalism, and policy research. Our Careers and Employment Service is available to you from the moment you join us so you can start thinking about where you want to go next.

Our research opportunities

Our research activity has achieved considerable success in national and global rankings due to unique, cutting-edge and interdisciplinary projects. We offer full and part-time PhD and MPhil opportunities with supervision across the following areas: Comparative Politics, Policy and Governance; European Politics and Area Studies; International Relations and Globalisation; Political Theory; and Wales.

Our programmes provide a critical insight to our ever-changing world

Studying with us will introduce you to national and sub-national constitutions, public policy and social practises; to regional and international organisations; to the moral and political ideas that drive political movements and change; and to the nature and consequences of conflict, colonialism and great power politics.

We, as a department, are all interested in how we can make relations between the individual and an increasingly globalised society more fair, whether that’s by framing climate change as an ethical and political issue, by examining how international law or other governance structures can help societies move on from conflict, or by asking our students to think seriously about how global issues like war or the financial crisis disproportionately affect some people’s lives more than others. Wales has a proud tradition in being at the forefront of initiatives that seek to create a fairer, more peaceful world so I think it’s fitting that Cardiff’s International Relations team share such aspirations.
Dr Victoria Basham Reader in International Relations

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