International Relations at Oxford


The University of Oxford is one of the leading centres in Europe for graduate work and advanced research in International Relations (IR). We bring together deep understanding of diverse intellectual traditions with high-quality training in historical, political science, ethnographic and normative approaches. Oxford's traditional concern with international and global order is now combined with institutionalist analysis of governance and international political economy. We offer extensive opportunities for the study of diverse regions of the world. The study of political ideas and of IR theory beyond the West and globally is an expanding research theme.

The study of international relations has a prominent place in the BA degrees Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and History and Politics. The MPhil in International Relations for many students forms the first two years of a four-year doctoral degree programme. Both the MPhil and DPhil in International Relations have a distinguished tradition of training university teachers and academic researchers and our IR alumni include many leading figures in government, diplomacy and international organisations across the world.

The network of academics who work broadly in the field of international relations intersects with Oxford's many area studies centres, with Oxford political theory, with the network of researchers in comparative politics and government, as well as other departments and research centres to form a vibrant research culture.

The Centre for International Studies organises regular colloquia for staff and students at all levels, along with frequent workshops, seminars and conferences. Graduate students have opportunities to present their own work, discuss the contributions of visiting speakers and gain experience in organisation and chairing.

The Centre for International Studies welcomes many visitors, both doctoral students and senior academics, who participate in seminars, colloquia and conferences, engage with students, and who contribute to Oxford’s superb research environment.