At the University of Surrey, our Department of Politics offers a range of politics and international relations courses at undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research levels of study. It is home to a vibrant community of staff and students exploring how power operates and affects the people it touches.

Our Department of Politics is leading centre for research in European and British politics and has a growing reputation in the area of international security and intervention. Our research centres include the Centre for Research on the European Matrix and the Centre for International Intervention. Our academics helped develop a new advanced e-voting system for the Australian state election; investigated strategies of authoritarian control in liberal societies and resistance from civil society; hosted a summer school focusing on addressing gender equality after Brexit; explored how the Brexit referendum politically disengaged women; and provided an authoritative source for independent research on UK-EU relations.

Our Professional Training placement programme gives our students unique access to the world of work as part of their degree. We’re proud that a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study. Lucy Doggett spent her placement at the Cape Town Refugee Centre in South Africa, and Oliver Deed did his at placement with the Defence Secretary at the Houses of Parliament.

We spoke to our politics and international relations subject leaders about what makes our degrees different and why our graduates are so successful. From our international links to our innovative teaching, in our Department of Politics there’s so much to discover.