The Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) has a well-established reputation for innovative and internationally recognised research in various areas of politics,  international relations and development.

We are home to the internationally recognised Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) that recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. CSD promotes a lively research environment with regular seminars and conferences and over 30 PhD students. We have been successful in securing a number of large, externally-funded research grants.

Our research in CSD is concentrated in six key areas:

  • Contemporary democratic theory and governance
  • Critical international theory
  • Identity and political community
  • Post-colonial politics, development and emerging powers
  • Resilience and sustainability
  • Security, violence and international relations.

For more information on our research, visit the Centre for the Study of Democracy.

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Research degrees

We offer a diverse and highly regarded research degree programme reinforced by our Graduate School.

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Graduate School

The Graduate School at the University of Westminster is home to our doctoral researchers.