The Department of Political and Cultural Studies (PCS) is an inter-disciplinary department that brings together specialists in the disciplines of politics, international relations, political economy and philosophy and in inter-disciplinary fields such as American Studies, War Studies, Development Studies and Cultural Studies. The department is committed to high-quality, innovative and research-led teaching and to preparing graduates for the world of work. Teaching focuses primarily on building the knowledge of students, but staff also work to equip students with skills and experience that will help them in their careers.

The Department offers undergraduate (Bachelor of Arts) degree programmes in:

The standard period of enrolment for full-time study is three years but some programmes are available in four-year variants with a year abroad. All three-year programmes include semester abroad options and most involve a final year group work project. Some include work placements or internships while others include study with outside institutions, including the Houses of Parliament (for students on our parliamentary studies modules).

Politics, International Relations and Philosophy are available as single-honours degree programmes but students can also study these disciplines on a joint honours basis with other subjects (see relevant degree programme specifications for further details).

Students who do not meet the entry requirements for direct admission to one of our undergraduate programmes can apply for a place on the college’s Foundation programme in which they will spend a year developing the knowledge and skills necessary to advance to our undergraduate programme. Foundation programme offers will be directly linked to an applicant’s chosen degree (e.g. Foundation Programme in Politics 4 Years).

The Department also offers postgraduate (Master of Arts) degrees in:

Further details are available under ‘Postgraduate Programmes’.

The Department supports a thriving research culture and is home to the Global Drugs Policy Observatory (GDPO) and to two research groups: Political Analysis and Governance (PAG) and International Security, Conflict and Area Studies (ISCAS).