International Relations / Political Science

The International Relations & Political Science Department is comprised of nine internationally recruited faculty who represent and work with a broad array of different approaches. While many approach the subject with what might broadly be termed a constructivist orientation, the faculty also includes a game theorist, a feminist theorist, an agent-based modeler, a linguistic analyst of discourse, and a rational institutionalist. As an indication of our diversity, among our recent faculty hires from North America are students of Axelrod, Keohane, Katzenstein, Onuf, and Mearsheimer.

The teaching mission of the department is to provide MA and PhD students with a theoretical grounding and a rigorous training in important developments in the fields of Political Science/International Relations. Given the diversity of our subject, postgraduate students are exposed to a wide variety of different theoretical and methodological approaches to the subject. All our core teaching faculty members are active researchers, attesting to the belief that the best pedagogy comes from faculty actively engaged in knowledge production themselves. Recent faculty publications have been placed in leading political science journals and presses, including but not limited to the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of International Relations, European Journal of Political Research, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Each year’s entering class is made up of approximately 20 master’s and 10 PhD students from countries around the world. We offer students a Master's and PhD degree that can be completed in three programs – a two year stand-alone Master’s program; an accelerated five year master’s/doctoral program; and a four year stand-alone PhD program. To learn more about the different degrees and course requirements go to study programmes. The programs combine intellectual rigor with a highly varied set of substantive specialties and courses in order to train sophisticated generalists. The diverse background of both the faculty and the graduate students makes for a cosmopolitan and enriching environment. All three programs concentrate on developing analytical skills that enable students to work and conduct research in a variety of settings: governments, international organisations, NGOs, businesses, and academia.