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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 for 2019-20 (Subject to further change)

POL10: The History of Political Thought from c.1700 to c.1890

POL11: Political Philosophy and the History of Political Thought since c.1890

POL12: The Politics of the Middle East

POL13: British and European Politics

POL14: US Foreign Policy

POL16: Conflict and Peacebuilding

POL19 Long Essay Questions

POL21: China in the International Order

Paper Guides for 2018-19 


  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 HSPS 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