About us

Welcome to the Department of International Politics, the first of its kind in the world!

The study of Politics and International Relations is indispensable for understanding a rapidly changing world. In a time of a climate emergency, political and ideological uncertainty, social and economic transformation and increasingly diverse forms of conflict and violence, everyone has a stake in how these global challenges are confronted. In Aberystwyth, the Department's teaching and research remain true to its founding ideals: to seek greater security, peace and justice in a disordered world.

Aberystwyth is a  vibrant, cosmopolitan bilingual university town, between the rolling Cambrian mountains and the stunning coastline of Cardigan Bay. You’ll be part of a campus university with its own sports centre, a busy Arts Centre; and you’ll be next door to the National Library of Wales, only one of five copyright libraries in the UK.

So why choose our department?

We are an outstanding place to study the politics and international relations because of the inseparable connection between our teaching and research. This has made us the best in Wales and a top ten department in the UK for for research excellence (REF 2014) with consistently high student satisfaction ratings of over 90% (NSS 2019).

Beyond the UK we in the top 40 worldwide for our academic reputation in politics and international studies (QS World University Rankings by subject 2017). Once you graduate it is reassuring to know that 94% of undergraduates from the Department of International Politics who graduated in 2016 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (HESA 2018). 

Expertise is nothing without communication, which is why our excellent academics thrive on teaching.  Many of the ideas that make it into articles and books are first discussed in lectures and seminars, meaning students in International Politics can make a vital contribution to new developments in the discipline and experience innovative research before anyone else. The Department’s learning environment welcomes students from all over the world, and provides a lively venue for contemporary and international political debate.

Parliamentary Placement Scheme

The Department operates a prestigious Parliamentary Placement Scheme, enabling you to gain valuable experience working alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an AM (Welsh Assembly, Cardiff) for a period of 4-6 weeks during the summer. During this time you will write reports and speeches, undertake research projects, and respond to constituency issues.

International Exchanges

The Department also has links with carefully selected universities in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia offering you an excellent opportunity to expand your academic and social horizons through our international exchange programme, allowing you to spend part of your university experience abroad.

Crisis Games

The Department was also the first in the UK to run crisis simulations to connect classroom learning to the real-world complexities of international politics. These are held once a year and are the most popular event in any InterPol student's academic year.

Student Societies

Students also take the lead in the Department. We are home to Interstate, the oldest student-run international politics journal in the United Kingdom, providing a unique opportunity for you to publish your work (particularly advantageous if you wish to progress to postgraduate study) or gain valuable experience working as part of the editorial team. Finally a range of stimulating student societies foster a strong sense of community within the department, offering a programme of political debates, visiting speakers, conferences and workshops, alongside numerous social activities such as an annual ball.

Find out more

Take the time to browse through our webpages and find out more about our courses. If you have any questions, please do get in touch via our Contact Us page. If you have never visited Aberystwyth, take the time and come along to one of our Open Days so that you can see why we are rated one of the best Universities in the UK for student satisfaction, and meet some of the staff who will be your mentors and guides during your time with us.