Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Department name change enhances global focus

Mon Aug 01 09:23:00 BST 2011

The Department of European Studies & Modern Languages has today been renamed the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies.

The name change reflects the growth of the Department’s research and teaching expertise in Politics and International Relations.

The Department is one of the largest at the University of Bath, and teaches undergraduate programmes combining politics, languages, international relations, economics and management.

This year politics rose nine places to number five in the Times Good University Guide and was ranked first for graduate prospects (Complete University Guide 2012).

The languages programmes, including Modern Languages & European Studies and International Management & Modern Languages (delivered jointly with the School of Management) offer students attractive combinations of units and professional placements overseas. Many of the languages taught have been consistently ranked within the top 10 in the Complete University Guide.

The postgraduate portfolio reflects the research strengths of the department and the Euromasters and MA in Interpreting & Translating appeal to both home and international students.

Research activity is now centred around three clusters: Conflict, Security & International Order; Governance, Citizenship & Policy and Norms, Identities & Representations.

Acting Head of Department, Dr David Clarke has commented: “our name change reflects the Department’s global focus.”

Two new senior members of staff will be joining the Department in the autumn. Professor Paul Cornish will be joining from Chatham House to take up a Chair in International Security. Professor Charles Lees, previously of the University of Sheffield, will take up the Department’s new Chair in Politics.

To coincide with the name change, the department has also launched a new website: