The Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for teaching and research. The study of politics at Oxford has a long and distinguished history and the department is now one of the largest in the field in the UK.

A range of different research networks, programmes and projects ensure a rich and dynamic research environment. The Department hosts the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, the Constitutional Studies Programme and the Research Network in Politics and Government. Research Centres include the Centre for the Study of Social Justice and the Cyber Studies Programme.


Graduates enter the Department through two well-established training routes, either on a one-year MSc programme (1+3.5) or on a two-year MPhil programme in Politics (2+2.5):

Students then progress to study at doctoral level. Students with an appropriate Masters degree that meets the ESRC’s 2022 Training Guidelines can enter directly onto the DPhil programme (+3.5):

Previous and current ESRC-funded students have been involved in a variety of knowledge exchange activities, including consultancy work for Oxford Analytica, preparing policy briefings for the Cabinet Office, and working for international NGOs and blogs such as Presidential Power. Many take up opportunities to write policy reports or carry out short consultancies.

Doctoral students edit the influential blog (OxPol) which publishes short articles written by faculty and graduate students, gaining valuable journal management, editorial and organisational skills.

Pathway leader: Prof. David Rueda

Contact: david.rueda@politics.ox.ac.uk

University of Oxford

Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR)
Structure of provision: 1+3.5, 2+2.5, +3.5