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At the School of Government and International Affairs, we combine a long tradition of expertise in a range of fields within politics, political theory, political economy and international relations with a depth of expertise in regional specialisms.

We provide an exceptional environment for learning, training and research. We offer a unique opportunity to study and understand specific parts of the world in theoretical and disciplinary context, in a School that has established itself as one of the most dynamic and distinctive academic units in the UK.
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We have a thriving, cosmopolitan student community. Currently, there are students from over 50 countries studying here.

Professor Christopher Finlay
Head of School


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

We have several world-class researchers working in the areas of political theory, comparative politics and international relations. Our research is also greatly enhanced by the presence of one of the biggest research student groups in Durham University, with a broad cohort of students pursuing research degrees, representing nearly 50 different nationalities, including students from the Middle East and North Africa, East Asia, continental Europe, and East Africa.
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We are an inclusive and engaging department that educates students with high quality, research-led teaching and encourages them to display the highest levels of commitment to educational excellence.

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