Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Studying with us

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Learning and teaching

We have an excellent reputation for learning and teaching. Many of the enthusiastic and approachable teaching team are internationally renowned experts in their research fields.

All of our courses include small group teaching, and you are encouraged to develop a range of transferable skills, with a particular emphasis on presenting and communicating ideas. You will develop essential skills that will enhance your career opportunities and prepare you for further study.

A key feature of our language courses is the delivery of teaching in the target language, this will help you to develop confidence in speaking and understanding.

Personal Tutor

All our students studying with us will be allocated a Personal Tutor who you will be able to meet with regularly. Your Personal Tutor will be able to support your learning and help answer any questions you may have.


We have an active research environment and our teaching is enhanced by the research projects we contribute to and students will benefit from our contemporary focus.

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

Through the course of each academic year we host a series of research seminars for staff and students to attend.


The study of language, culture, politics and international relations is finest while working within a diverse and challenging environment. We pride ourselves on our activities and believe our students will benefit most from immersing themselves in this diverse culture.

There are many opportunities for you to get involved with societies, events, and flexible learning while studying with us. Some of the most popular groups include:


We have state-of-the-art teaching facilities that include:

  • Specialist interpreting laboratories
  • Language laboratories
  • Departmental film library
  • Self-Access Language Centre
  • European Community and European Union publications
  • Extensive local archive collections relating to research courses in French and German politics 

Improving our courses

We are always looking to improve our degree courses, and we have a close working relationship with our students which enables us to identify key opportunities for development.

We have previously worked to incorporate popular units into more courses, improve time for coursework feedback and increase access to materials by digitising them.

When you study with us you can be part of our Staff Student Liaison Committee (SSLC), where you can discuss areas that could be improved.