Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Conference on contemporary security challenges in Asia

A major one day event will take place at the University to debate the contemporary security challenges currently facing the continent. The event includes a line-up of distinguished speakers from across the UK and beyond.

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Join our live chat for postgraduate international studies

If you are considering studying one of our postgraduate international studies programmes then we invite you to take part in our live chat event.

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How do coalition governments form?

Professor Charles Lees explored how long coalition governments form and what they can achieve in his inaugural lecture.

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Anastasia Alden

BA Modern Languages & European Studies

"My placement at AmCham EU made me grow both personally and professionally, and I wouldn’t change my experience for the world."

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Enjoying Paris in springtime!

We visited some of our third year students who were thoroughly enjoying their time in Paris as part of their year abroad.

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Undergraduate study

Taking a year abroad

Hear from some of our third year students who are thoroughly enjoying their time in Paris as part of their year abroad.

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Charles Elson

Charles Elson

Taking a placement was hugely beneficial to my time at university and dramatically enhanced my career prospects.

BSc Politics with Economics

Postgraduate study


Rachel talks about the MA in Contemporary European Studies: 'Euromasters' programme.

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Hilary Byrne

Hilary Byrne

The staff were very supportive, and what’s more, they are all practising or former professional interpreters and translators.

MA Interpreting & Translating



We have an active research environment and have constantly been rated highly with Research Assessment Exercises (RAE).

We have three core research clusters:

Research degrees

We have a vibrant and dynamic group of research students from a wide variety of backgrounds from around the world.

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School provides guidance on potential sources of funding (scholarships and studentships) for postgraduate students.

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Research Seminars

Through the course of each academic year the Department hosts a series of research seminars.

Both staff and students are welcome to join us for the seminars.

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Spring placement blog summary

Once again several of our placement students have been blogging about their professional and social experiences on their placement years.

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences