School of Government and International Affairs
'Our graduates confidently face the future. They are globally engaged, analytically acute, culturally literate and grounded in a place, Durham, that won’t ever leave them, no matter where in the world they go – and they go everywhere.'
Dr Gidon Cohen, Head of Department
World Subject Rankings Success
Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2021, where we are ranked 86th.
A record 19 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, including 11 in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten.
We offer an education that goes beyond the job market, our education is about being better human beings and good citizens. Active citizenship requires awareness, participation plus the ability to understand and assess public debates.
We pride ourselves on turning students into independent researchers who take responsibility for their own learning. With 71% of the Department's research either Internationally Excellent or World Leading (REF 2014) we combine a long tradition of expertise with a depth of specialism that is truly unique.
High level of Overall Satisfaction at Durham
We're proud to have achieved an Overall Satisfaction score of 87.3% in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2020, the highest level of Overall Satisfaction in both the Russell Group and amongst higher education institutions in the North East of England.
Strong global rankings
Our excellence in teaching, alongside our research and student experience offer, makes our graduates highly sought after by employers around the world and we rank within the World Top 100 in the QS World University Rankings 2021.
(25 Aug 2020)
Out now - The al-Sabah Insight No. 30
New publication: The al-Sabah Insight No. 30 "Transformation of Egypt’s Authoritarian Welfare Regime: From the Arab Socialist Model to the Neoliberal Model?" by Dr. Yusuke Kawamura, Kobe University-Japan
(16 Jan 2020)
SGIA alumna is honoured with the Sheikh Rashid Award for Academic Excellence
Congratulations to SGIA alumna Dr Reem Al Shamsi who has been recently honoured with the prestigious Sheikh Rashid Award for Academic Excellence. Dr Al Shamsi's work on the evaluation of migration governance in the United Arab Emirates was supervised by Prof. Anoush Ehteshami.
(16 Dec 2019)