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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


Resources for current MPhil in Politics and International Relations students

Courses and Timetable

The list of courses for MPhil students in 2023/24 can be found here

In addition to the optional courses, students will undertake mandatory Statistics and Research Methods courses in the Michaelmas and Lent terms. 

Graduate Student Resources

Please consult the following pages for information about:

Formatting and Style Guides

Applying for Ethical Approval

Risk Assessment Procedure

Fieldwork and Leave to Work Away (LTWA)

Examination Allowances

Examination Review Procedure

Disability Support

Examination Data Retention Policy 

The Examination Data Retention Policy is available here.

Plagiarism Guidelines

All students will receive information about plagiarism in the Handbook, which is given out on Induction Day. You will be required to submit a coversheet with each assessed piece of work attesting to its originality. The plagiarism guidelines can also be found here.


Current students can find more information about the course via the Moodle Site. This closed network site is used to make specific course guides and other documents available to the students. Current MPhil students can log on to it using their Raven password, and will see the ‘MPhil Politics and International Studies’ site. If you have problems accessing the site, please contact the Graduate Secretary.

Email Course Administrator at

Code of Practice

It is essential that students review the Code of Practice at the start of their study so a signature page has been introduced to the booklet to help encourage this. We will not be checking on students or their supervisor that this has been completed, but please note that if you do not sign the booklet this does not mean that you will not be held against it. The Code of Practice will be distributed in student's induction packs, but can also be found online here.

Academic Staff Office Hours

These office hours apply in term time. If you wish to see a member of staff outside of term it is advisable to check first whether they are keeping regular office hours. If you are unable to make office hours during term time, please contact lecturers via email to make an alternative appointment.

This list applies to the Course Leaders on the MPhil; for a more comprehensive list please have a look at our directory. 

Academic  Office Hours
Professor Chris Bickerton (The Crisis of Party Democracy: Crisis, Consequences, Remedies) Appointment by email
Dr Chris Brooke (The Political Thought of Michael Foucault) Appointment by email
Dr Stephanie Diepeveen (Decolonising Politics and International Relations) Appointment by email
Dr Alena Drieschova (From the Printing Press to Facebook and Twitter) Appointment by email
Professor Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni (Transnational Authority in World Politics)  Appointment by email
Dr Mehmet Erol (Political Economy of the Global South) Appointment by email
Dr Jeremy Green (Global Capitalism and the Anthropocene) Wednesdays 2.00-3.00pm
Professor Dennis Grube (Rhetorical Leadership) Appointment by email
Dr Iza Hussin (Religion and Politics: Islam, Secularism, Global Movements, Chief Examiner) Appointment by email
Professor Duncan Kelly (Politics and the Anthropocene) Appointment by email
Dr Tomas Larsson (Religion and Politics, Course Director) Appointment by email
Dr Sebastián Lehuedé (Technology and Global Social Justice) Appointment by email
Dr Tristen Naylor (Historical International Relations) Appointment by email
Dr Glen Rangwala (The Middle East in Global Politics) Wednesdays 11.05am - 12.05pm
Dr Pål Roeren (Fighting for Status in International Politics) Appointment by email
Dr Elise Rousseau (Contemporary Challenges in Diplomacy) Appointment by email
Dr Ian Shields (Cultures of War) Appointment by email

Dr Carsten-Andreas Schulz (Latin America in the International Order)

Appointment by email
Professor Jason Sharman (The Global Governance of Illicit Finance) Appointment by email

Professor Brendan Simms ( Britain and the Geopolitics of the Baltic, c.1600-1856, The Great Powers of Europe Today)

Thursday 1.00-2.00pm (term time)
Dr Peter Sloman (Fiscal Politics in Westminster Democracies) Appointment by email
Dr Amar Sohal (India or Pakistan?: Muslim Ideas of the Nation in the Twentieth Century) Appointment by email
Dr Christian Sorace (Politics of China) Appointment by email

Dr Franziska Strack (Sound, Ecology and Violence, Political Theories of the Environment)

Appointment by email
Dr Steven Ward (International Relations Theory and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine) Appointment by email
Professor Marc Weller (International Constitutional Law) Appointment by email
Dr Adam Woodhouse (Empire, Colony, Subject: A Genealogy of Ideas) Appointment by email