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, global pandemics, political and ideological uncertainty and upheaval, social and economic transformation and increasingly diverse forms of conflict and violence, everyone has a stake in tackling these global challenges. The Department's teaching and research aims to inspire and support students to question, challenge, transform and build confidence in the way they think about politics and international relations.

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 politics and international relations because of our consistently high student satisfaction ratings of over 90% (NSS 2019) and our research excellence that puts us in the top ten research departments in the UK (REF 2014). 
  • We are a Department that puts the student at the heart of their learning experience through choice and flexibility in our curriculum, allowing students to tailor their degree to their interests.
  • Students explore and tackle global challenges, from the local to the planetary level, and are introduced to dynamic and diverse ways of looking at the world.
  • Students benefit from our networks that stretch across the globe and engage with practitioners, both in and out of the classroom.
  • Students get to experience a range of exciting activities such as our famous student Crisis Games (simulations), International Exchanges and Parliamentary Placements (see below).
  • The Department welcomes students from all over the world, providing a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere for debate and learning.
  • 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). 
  • Finally, we are a vibrant, close-knit, intellectual community in a safe, affordable and friendly seaside town

Crisis Games

The Department was 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.

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.

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.