As a department we’re interested in what happens at the edges of cultures, societies or systems – but we’re also covering the core ground.
The Department of Politics and International Relations provides a lively interdisciplinary environment, specialising in the study of institutions and conflicts in a way that crosses boundaries between traditional understandings of political phenomena. Politics is much more than what happens in parliaments and the formal corridors of power – it is something that pervades the whole of society, domestically and internationally.
Our innovative approach to teaching stresses the ‘politics of Politics’. We believe that behind the formal veneer of political parties and institutions, there are major ideological, economic, social and cultural conflicts which must be investigated in depth if we are to have any comprehensive understanding of our world.
Our experts teach and research on many aspects of political life, and we offer exciting modules in variety of areas including: international relations; the politics of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East; US, UK and European politics; political theory; economics and political economy; and visual politics.
As a student here you’ll graduate with an excellent all-round degree but you’ll also be able to take advantage of our specialist strengths in international relations, political theory, political economy and the politics of culture.
Why choose Politics and International Relations
- We offer a distinctive approach that combines the study of politics and international relations, giving you the opportunity to gain broad knowledge and experience of both disciplines
- We have a lively events programme that attracts renowned speakers, meaning that you'll have the opportunity to hear the latest political arguments, theories and ideas
- We offer exciting study abroad opportunities through the programme
- All our undergraduate students are given the opportunity to take our unique work placement module in their final year, set up by Goldsmiths and matched to their interests
We'll challenge what you think you already know. We see politics and international relations as an expansive discipline and use it as a lens to view the world critically. So you may be working on group projects, writing a blog, or submitting a Manga comic instead of an essay, but you’ll be at the sharp edge of the subject.
Because we work beyond the boundaries of conventional politics and international relations, you graduate with a University of London degree that’s as rigorous as it is broad. And, we have a whole range of options to support and inspire you while you’re here, from personal tutor sessions and embedded work placements to Goldsmiths seminars and guest lectures.
It’s why we have specialists teaching an unusually wide range of module options, exploring topics as diverse as the aesthetics of terrorism, the politics of development, US politics and foreign policy, and contemporary movements from the Arab Spring to ISIS. Our interests cover areas from the Middle East, China and East Asia, to Africa and Latin America.
But it’s also why want to know what you think. Come with an agenda of your own and test out your debating skills within small, diverse teaching groups led by experts in the field.
What some of our students say
Goldsmiths encourages its students to explore, be creative and apply their studies to the real world. The Politics Department gave me the confidence I needed to campaign, to change a national law, and speak up about issues I previously felt shy about. I loved my time in the Department and owe so much to my former lecturers and fellow students.
Laura Coryton, campaigner, BA Politics and International Relations, 2015
Studying Politics & International Relations was a very stimulating and challenging journey. My Goldsmiths experience was really valuable and enjoyable; all of my tutors were passionate about their modules and were able to offer me great insights into topics beyond the lectures.
Mariam Kamel, PR/Accounts Executive, BA Politics and International Relations, 2019 and MA Political Communication, 2021
There were other London universities where I could have studied politics, but I thought that Goldsmiths was a bit more ‘out there’ and more creative… So Goldsmiths was always my first choice. I also liked the fact that there was a friendly and open atmosphere.
Councillor Hamza Taouzzale, Lord Mayor of Westminster, BA Politics, 2020