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The School of Government and International Affairs has moved up two places to be ranked 5th for Politics in the UK, with Durham University ranked 6th overall.

Source: Complete University Guide 2017 - Politics rankings

Professor Emma Murphy, Head of School

SGIA continues to welcome European Union and International Students with Business as Usual

Existing and potential students from the European Union and around the world may be concerned about the implications of the recent UK-wide referendum vote to leave the EU.

We would like to reassure ALL current students and applicants from wherever they may come from that Durham University, and SGIA in particular, remain completely committed to offering a world class education or research experience here in Durham. EU laws will continue to apply in their current form for AT LEAST TWO YEARS and probably much longer. During this time all application, offer, registration, fee-regimes and programme arrangements will remain as they are for all students.

We are assured that EU students who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company will continue to do so for courses they are currently enrolled on or about to start this coming year. The Master’s Loans launched last week are also available to eligible EU students and EU students will continue to receive funding for the duration of their courses. Similarly, the referendum result does not affect students studying in the EU, beneficiaries of ERASMUS+ or those considering applying in 2017.

Here in SGIA, our own diverse and international staff body remain, as always, completely committed to offering an inclusive, warm, and outward-looking community. We value our many students from around the world, and what they bring to our department, enormously – just as we value and encourage the opportunities for our UK students to travel and study abroad. We firmly believe that, in an era when instability and insecurity are found around the globe, it is more vital than ever that our University continues to build international bridges between people through the shared production and exchange of research, knowledge and education.

Professor Emma Murphy
Head of School

Why choose the School of Government & International Affairs?

  • The QS World University league tables rank Durham in the world's top 100 universities for the quality of, and demand for, our graduates.

  • The subject area of Politics and International Relations at Durham is consistently ranked in the world's top 100 by QS World University Rankings.

  • SGIA is ranked 12th in the UK for world-leading and international excellence in research.

  • Durham University was rated the Number 1 University in the UK for student quality of life and employability in a comprehensive survey carried out by Lloyds Bank for several national newspapers. See for example: Quality of Life

  • Durham University is ranked 5th in the prestigious 2016 Times Good University Guide with Politics in 11th position. Ranked 6th in the UK in the 2017 Complete University Guide with Politics in 5th position. In the 2017 Guardian University League Tables Durham is ranked 6th overall with Politics in 6th position. For postgraduate studies Middle East studies is in 3rd position.

  • We have vibrant Taught and Research Postgraduate Communities with students from 58 different countries.


Global Policy at SGIA is delighted to announce a new collaboration with the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies

The Emerging Global Governance Project brings together leading scholars to profile new research on global policy, global governance, global public goods provision, and global risk management across the range of relevant sectors and issue-areas, including global economy and development, the biosphere, global security, global health, migration. The EGG Project highlights innovative global policy ideas and international governance solutions arising from the emerging world, and at the interface between emerging powers and non-state actors, and the established actors in the system.

The first post is by Justin Yifu Lin, former World Bank Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Development Economics.

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