The School of Government and International Affairs is unique in its ability to provide broad regional expertise grounded in a strong disciplinary context. The School is a leading provider of undergraduate teaching with notable specialisms in comparative government, history of political thought, international relations, European studies and East Asian studies, offering a full range of degree programmes, from an extremely popular undergraduate Honours degree in Politics, through a diverse programme of taught Masters degrees which include MA Politics and International Relations (Political Theory) and MA International Relations with optional regional focuses on Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia, to Doctoral and other postgraduate research degrees, where students, undergraduate and postgraduate, are based at the Al-Qasimi Building on Elvet Hill Road. The School particularly welcomes applications from graduate students seeking to pursue a research degree in its specialist fields.
The School is housed in two buildings Southend House, which is situated on the corner of South Road and Elvet Hill Road (near Van Mildert and Trevelyan Colleges), and the Al-Qasimi Building, just along the road on Elvet Hill Road, opposite St Mary's College. Administration matters and admissions are dealt with in the School Office at the Al-Qasimi Building.