Political structures and processes have profound effects on the distribution of resources necessary for human life, on the degree of autonomy that human beings enjoy as they pursue their lives, and on people’s capacities to live free from the threat of violence. Politics is at the heart of human life. This is what we study and this is what we teach.
Research in the Department
We are the UK’s biggest producer of world-leading and internationally excellent research. We seek to deepen scholarly understanding of politics and international relations, and to produce research that is useful in addressing practical policy problems. Our portfolio of research is structured through the Department’s Research Centres, Units and Programmes.
Meet the people
We have a superbly accomplished and diverse faculty and community of researchers working in areas that range in geographical scope across the globe and cover both historical and contemporary ideas and issues in politics and international relations.
About the Department
The study of Politics and International Relations at Oxford has a long and distinguished history and the Department has become one of the largest in the field in the UK with 100 teaching and research staff. We are proud to be considered as an internationally excellent centre for teaching and research achieving consistently high rankings in league tables for teaching and research.