The School of Politics, History and International Relations is part of a global university with a thriving international student body, providing a unique environment for studying international relations. Our staff are internationally trained educators engaged in a broad range of cutting-edge, policy-relevant and curiosity-driven research. Our students engage with policymakers from international organisations and the public sector, and can also benefit from a range of internship and study abroad opportunities.
What is international relations?
There has never been a more relevant or exciting time to study politics and international relations on an Asian campus. Economic globalisation, social mobility and rapid changes in domestic, regional and global politics increasingly impact on our daily lives. International relations studies the complex relations between and among states, development, societies, individuals, identities and cultures in areas such as economics, law, politics and security. It considers some of the most burning questions of the day,such as: how power and resources are allocated on the international stage, where and when power is exercised and justified, who power is exercised for, and why it is exercised in the way it is. It also investigates deeper questions relatingto how we understand and conceptualise contemporary global transformations.
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How will you study?
Our teaching methods are designed to nurture deep knowledge of the field and to help you develop the transferable skills required to succeed in your future career. As well as lectures and seminars, our staff utilise films, role plays and simulations, often in problem-solving settings. You will be presented with a variety of challenges and types of assessment, including essays, exams, group projects, policy papers, presentations and reviews. The school specialises in small group teaching, which will enable you to explore the subject as it is practised – through intense debate and discussion.
Career prospects and employability
Our degrees will equip you for a career in a variety of fields including aid and non-governmental sectors, finance and international businesses, foreign ministries, international media and journalism, international organisations, localand national government, lobbying and policy advice and think-tanks. The school is building up its alumni network both to keep in contact as well as explore ways of connecting current students with alumni in the world of work after graduation.