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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


This site provides useful information to current undergraduate students taking papers provided by the Department of POLIS. If you have any enquiries please direct these via

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Current Years

First Year Students

Second Year Students

Third Year Students

One-year Part II


The POLIS undergraduate timetable comes in two forms.

  • The lecture list: (IIA & IIB) This is a static pdf document and is updated regularly, to find out when this was last updated please see the footer and the bottom of the pages.
  • E-timetable: This is a live timetable that is updated with changes as they happen. The e-timetable can also be exported to your device, if you would like to do this please make sure that your device's timezone is set to London, UK.


Each year the Department publishes a guide to supervisions setting out the practicalities and expectations of supervisions and essay writing within the discipline. 


A guide to examinations in the form of FAQs was put together for 2020-21 by the Directors of Undergraduate Education from the three departments that make up the HSPS Tripos. Please review the information here.

Marking and Classing Criteria for 2021-22 apply across the HSPS Tripos.

The examination data retention policy explains what happens to examinations data during the year, and after. You can find Examination Data Retention Policy for 2020-21 here.

Form and Conduct Notices for 2020-21 for all papers are available here.

Penalties policy is valid for all assessed work (except assessed tests), including essays and dissertations.

Penalties for late submission:

  • 1 point per hour or part thereof - up to 3 points (1 point per the first hour, another point for the second hour, and a third point for any further delay up to 12 noon the next day)
  • Next ten days or part thereof - 3 points per day
  • Any work submitted after 10 days is marked 0
  • Electronic submission is mandatory
  • Both the electronic and the hard copy need to be submitted by the deadline and have to be identical. If submissions falls on weekend or holidays, the submission of electronic copy is taken as relevant for application of the penalties. Hard copy then needs to be submitted at the first possible opportunity
  • Handing times are standardised as 12pm on the due date, with daily penalties applied every 24 hours from the due time

Plagiarism is taken very seriously by the Department. Please consult the plagiarism guide to find out more about what constitutes plagiarism and its consequences.

Student Feedback

Student Feedback is very important to the Department. More information is available here.

Resources and Libraries

POLIS uses Moodle for Part II students. It allows for a range of online tools to support teaching as well as a place for lecture resources to be accessed. Please check that you have access to all your specific sites. If you need any assistance please contact the Undergraduate Secretary on

The Seeley Library is yearly updated to hold reading material relating to all Politics and International Relations papers.

Academic Staff Office Hours

Please refer to office hours on the pages for individual academics. These office hours apply in term. 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.

Recorded Lectures

Statement on Recorded Lectures for the academic year 2020-21


POLIS has a departmental Wellbeing Officer who is available as a confidential listening ear. You can find out how to make contact, and more about wellbeing as a student in POLIS here.