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Politics and international relations

Join one of the largest Politics and International Relations departments in the UK.

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Why study with us

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


After graduation

95% of our graduates are in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. (DLHE 2016/17)


Utilise our contacts

We have links with Welsh Government, Westminster, G7, the United Nations, NATO, NGOs, policy-makers and journalists.


We're experts

Our internationally renowned team are experts in political theory, public policy and electoral politics, cyber security, feminism, cold war history, environmental politics, security, intelligence studies and postcolonial politics.

Our talks and videos

Studying politics and international relations at Cardiff University

Watch our open day presentation to find out about studying politics and international relations at Cardiff University.

Please note that Professor Peter Sutch has since been appointed as Head of Politics and International Relations.

What our politics students say

Hear from former student Nicolo who studied Politics with us.

What our international relations students say

Hear from Geneva who studies International Relations with us.

The course structure at Cardiff is tailored to allow me to specialise in areas of the discipline that are of particular interest to me such as international security. The opportunity to also study a language alongside international relations and politics is amazing. It not only opens up more graduate opportunities, but allows me to develop language skills, analytical skills and gives me the opportunity to spend a year abroad, where I will broaden my language skills further.
Adam Zaman International Relations and Politics (with a Language) BScEcon

Beyond the classroom

We offer a range of opportunities that will help you stand out in a competitive employment market.

Where you will study

We are situated at the heart of Wales’ capital city in the civic and legal centre, close to the town centre and transport links.

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.

Explore Cardiff University

A safe campus experience for 2020/21

We're putting protective measures in place to ensure your time with us is safe and enjoyable during these unprecedented times.

Guaranteed accommodation

If you arrive in September, you're guaranteed a single occupancy room, and you'll be allocated with other first-year students.

Student support

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Student life

Learn more about our sport and recreation, free language programmes, living costs, learning support and the Students' Union.

Next steps


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Contact us

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How to apply

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