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Part IIB

Part IIB

In Part IIB Politics and International Relations, you may choose to offer four papers, or three papers and a dissertation. The one requirement (except for those doing a one year Part II) is to take POL 9 and at least one other paper in the subject. Other choices are to extend your knowledge of the history of political thought, or study the politics of a particular area such as Europe or Africa. 


Paper Guides 2016-17 

PLEASE NOTE: Several of these papers will have different paper numbers for 2017-18, and some will not be running. Students selecting their choices for 2017-18 should refer to the Options Booklet. 

For information regarding Paper 6 of the Historical Tripos, please click here

For information regarding Paper 7 of the History and Philosophy of Science Tripos, please click here


  • Each year the Department publishes a guide to dissertations which sets out the expectations of content, layout, and submission. It is important that you read this guide whilst working on your dissertation and before submitting.
  • Dissertation Application Form 
  • Undergraduate Ethical Approval Form
  • For reference when writing your own dissertation please see below for a couple of examples of first class dissertations written by POLIS students in previous years of the PPS tripos.
    • Example #1:The US Constitution and debates on the expansion of federal power, 1932-2013
    • Example #2: Global Justice and indeterminacy - the boundaries of the cosmopolitan premise