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.
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.
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.
The MSc in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding offers a program that has a great balance between scholar and practitioner-minded debates in the field of peace and conflict studies. Students benefit not only from academics with vast experience in several regions of the world, but also from visiting lecturers who work as practitioners at international NGOs, government institutions and international organisations in the peace and conflict field. The diversity of the staff and students in the MSc made the experience at SGIA extremely rich.
Professor Anoush Ehteshami was recently invited to give evidence to the UK Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry hearing into the UK’s engagement with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
The Leibniz Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) is awarding this year's Ernst-Otto Czempiel Award to political scientist Roger Mac Ginty. In doing so, the jury recognizes his 2021 monograph “Everyday Peace: How So-Called Ordinary People Can Disrupt Violent Conflict”, in which Mac Ginty explores how people in conflict zones can resist and disrupt totalizing war logics in everyday actions - even in combat.
Find out what our graduates and current students are getting up to on our Durham blog.
Contact us to find out more about admissions, placements and postgraduate research.
The Palatine CentreDurham UniversityStockton RoadDurhamDH1 3LE
Switchboard: +44 (0)191 334 2000
Check out our list of FAQs or submit an enquiry form.
Order your personalised prospectus and College guide here.