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 programme combines all the strengths of our three-year BA degree in Politics and International Relations with the opportunity to spend a year in North America at one of our partner institutions in Canada or the United States. A full list of our available partnerships is available on our Go Abroad pages.
You spend your first two years studying at Kent, you then spend your third year in North America, returning to Kent for your final year.
Studying abroad you develop your intercultural awareness and understanding and are introduced to a range of different academic and professional cultures.
At Kent, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules; however if you are keen to widen your field of interest, you can also choose to study modules from another school in the University.
It is also possible to study abroad at other destinations. For details, see:
- Politics and International Relations with a Year in Continental Europe
- Politics and International Relations with a Year in the Asia Pacific
In addition, we offer a three-year Politics and International Relations programme without a year abroad. For details, see Politics and International Relations.
Politics and International Relations student Jon talks about his course at Kent.
Facilities and resources to support the study of Politics and International Relations include:
- access to the European Documentation Centre
- a dedicated Student Support Officer, who advises on issues related to academic study as well as wider University life
- a Study Skills Officer, who provides subject-related guidance.
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.