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Durham University

School of Government & International Affairs

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.'

Professor John Williams, Head of Department

World Rankings

Record success in QS World Subject Rankings

Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2019, where we are ranked 74th

A record 18 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, including ten in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten.


Undergraduate Study

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.



Postgraduate Study

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.




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Opportunities for undergraduates: Radhakishin Scholarship Programme

At SGIA, we currently award four Radhakishin Scholarships each year to disadvantaged or under-represented students to support them and their studies. The scholarship is for £4000 per year and is held for up to 4 years. Find out more about our scholarship programmes.

(13 Jun 2019)

Dr Joanne Yao wins EJIR Best Article Prize 2019

Many congratulations to SGIA's Dr Joanne Yao who has been awarded the Best Article Prize 2019 by the European Journal of International Relations with "'Conquest from barbarism': The Danube Commission, international order and the control of nature as a Standard of Civilization".

(15 Apr 2019)

Suresh Nanwani – Professor in Practice

SGIA is delighted to announce the appointment of Suresh Nanwani as Professor in Practice. Suresh has an exceptionally distinguished track record in international governance organisations, especially in the area of financial compliance.

(26 Mar 2019) » More about Suresh Nanwani – Professor in Practice

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Centre for Political Thought Seminar

4:00pm to 6:00pm, Room IM102, Al-Qasimi Building, Durham University

James Christensen (University of Essex) will present a paper on ‘Selling Arms and Expressive Harms: When Arming the Outlaws Makes no Difference’.

Contact for more information about this event.