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Welcome to the School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA)

The School of Government and International Affairs is a research-intensive department that uses innovative teaching techniques to ensure we combine our latest world-leading research into the programmes we deliver.

Our key areas of teaching cover the wide range of sub-fields in Political Science and International Relations in which we deliver expertise, including government, political theory, political economy, and international relations with a depth of specialisms in regional expertise, covering multiple regions of the world such as such as Europe, East Asia, the Middle East and the wider Muslim world, Africa, and America. We welcome a wide range of visiting professors who are experts in their field and regularly work with our students.

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50+ countries We currently have students from over 50 countries studying with us
Top 100 Politics department SGIA is a QS world top 100 department
6th in the UK for Politics Graduate Prospects in the Complete University Guide
1st Politics Department to hold an Athena Swan Bronze award

Study with us

  • Undergraduate study

    We offer the opportunity to develop a thorough and deep knowledge of the diverse and fascinating world of Political studies. Our students tackle subjects across this broad discipline, taking modules in political theory, comparative politics, and international relations.

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  • Postgraduate study

    We pride ourselves on turning students into independent researchers who take responsibility for their own learning. We offer students training that will allow them to develop the skills required to understand, evaluate and produce knowledge about politics and international relations.

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Undergraduate study

We offer the opportunity to develop a thorough and deep knowledge of the diverse and fascinating world of Political studies. Our students tackle subjects across this broad discipline, taking modules in political theory, comparative politics, and international relations.

A group of students discussing their thoughts

Postgraduate study

We pride ourselves on turning students into independent researchers who take responsibility for their own learning. We offer students training that will allow them to develop the skills required to understand, evaluate and produce knowledge about politics and international relations.

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Our Research

Our institutes and research centres promote key research agendas. They are focal points for networking and encouraging a diverse mix of collaborations between leading researchers and courses taking place across the world.
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Get in touch

Contact us to find out more about admissions, placements and postgraduate research.

School of Government and International Affairs

Durham University 
Al-Qasimi Building 
Elvet Hill Road 
Durham 
DH1 3TU 

T: +44 (0) 191 334 5656  

F: +44 (0) 191 334 5661 

Student updates

Find out what our graduates and current students are getting up to on our Durham blog.

Student blogs

I lobbied in Parliament: here’s what it’s like…

International Relations graduate, Marina tells us about her experience as a ONE Youth Ambassador.
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Calling all international students – could you be a leader?

Philosophy and Politics student, Lijie explores international leadership and running in an NUS Election.
A group of students standing in the NUS elections