The undergraduate teaching of the Department is organised through the PPS Tripos (Politics, Psychology and Sociology). Students intending to specialise in Politics and International Relations take the Politics paper and the International Relations paper in Part I and two other papers, and then in Part II take a range of papers in Comparative and International Politics, International Relations and Political Thought. The aim of the course is to explore the different meanings of the ‘political’ and the ‘international’, to understand the different contexts of national and international politics, and the importance of ideas, institutions and processes in shaping political developments and choices. The Department offers MPhils in International Relations and Politics, with a wide range of options, and a part-time MSt in International Relations. It also and has a thriving Ph.D programme More than 150 students from around the world are currently enrolled on the MPhil and Ph.D programmes. Members of the Department also contribute to the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History and the MPhils in African and Latin American Studies.
There are close links between POLIS and many other Departments and Faculties at Cambridge, including History, Sociology, Psychology, Law, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Social Anthropology. Since 2011 the Department has included the Area Centres of African Studies, Latin-American Studies, South Asian Studies and Development Studies and all will be housed together in a new building on West Road, the Alison Richard Building.
There is an active seminar programme, many conferences, and a regular flow of visitors, both practitioners and academics. The Department is helping to launch the Cambridge Public Policy programme, and has formed a strong link with YouGov. It also hosts the journal, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs. You can find out more on this website.