The School of Politics and International Relations is an exciting place to study - you receive high-quality teaching informed by cutting-edge research on a range of political issues, such as ethno-political conflict, human rights, feminism, social theories of justice, divided societies, and US and European politics.
At Kent, you are taught by people who have advised government departments or have conducted international conflict mediation exercises. They bring this experience to their teaching, giving you the opportunity to see how theoretical ideas apply in the real world.
Many of our lecturers have also won teaching awards for their innovative teaching practices.Our degree programme
This very popular programme combines all the strengths of our three-year BA degree in Politics and International Relations with the opportunity to spend a year in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore or Taiwan. A full list of our available partnerships is available on our Go Abroad pages.
You spend your first and second years at Kent, you then spend your third year in your chosen country, returning to Kent for your final year. You are taught in English throughout, which allows you to take advantage of the year abroad experience without having to be fluent in the language of the country where you intend to study.
While at Kent, you follow the existing programme of the BA in Politics and International Relations as well as take specific modules tailored to the country where you intend to study. If you spend a year in Japan, you take modules on the Politics of Japan and study Japanese to a basic level. If you spend a year in China/Hong Kong, Singapore or Taiwan, you take modules on the Politics of China. In China or Taiwan, you also study Mandarin to a basic level.
Our programme helps you to think critically about political and international events, ideas and institutions.
In addition, we offer a three-year Politics and International Relations programme without a year abroad. For details, see Politics and International Relations.Student view
Politics and International Relations student David talks about his course at Kent.
At Kent, there are many student societies related to your studies, for example:
- Current Affairs and Politics Society
- Kent European Debates Society
- Debating Society
- Kent Model United Nations Society.
You are also encouraged to get involved in the programme of events and activities run by the School of Politics and International Relations, which focuses on bridging the gap between academic study and real-life politics.
Our Public Speaker Programme features prominent academics and practitioners, who are invited to speak on current issues. You can also attend the Open Forum, a weekly debating group where staff and students discuss the hot topic of the week.