Committees for Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, Research, and Development oversee the department’s policymaking and implementation, and quality control. The General Purposes Committee is also responsible for finance and appointments. 

Subject Panels in the fields of Comparative Politics and Government, International Relations, Political Theory, and Research Methods training organise curriculum and teaching development, and the teaching plan. The Panels report to the Graduate and Undergraduate Studies Committees.

The Sub-faculty of Politics discusses department policy and implementation, receives reports from the Subject Panels, and scrutinises Examiners’ Reports in addition to Reviews of the department’s degree courses.  The Sub-faculty consists of all DPIR full members (permanent and fixed-term academic appointments) and some associate members, including staff with college-only appointments who are engaged in tuition and assessment.