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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


Careers and afterwards

Students taking Politics and International Relations have gone on to careers in the media, law, the civil service including the Foreign Office, teaching, consultancy and finance, advocacy with non-governmental organisations, and energy management. Many have also gone on to take postgraduate degrees.

Watch these clips to hear what Zafar remembers about studying Politics at Cambridge:




Zafar talks about his favourite course

If he had not gone on to play cricket, what would Zafar have done instead?




What Zafar liked best about studying at Cambridge

And what made him apply to Cambridge in the first place



What our former students say

Ginny Horten-Middleton, Politics, Psychology and Sociology 2008-2012

Studying politics at Cambridge enables you to grapple confidently with important and pressing questions ranging from the nature of democracy to the causes of the Eurozone crisis. While at Cambridge I found that the POLIS department was friendly, helpful and supportive. Its commitment to undergraduate teaching meant I was lectured and supervised directly by faculty members with international standing.

My time at Cambridge provided the grounding for my further study and professional ambitions. The supervision system at Cambridge with its emphasis on honing research skills as well as verbally defending your point of view was invaluable preparation for postgraduate study. After graduating in 2012, I completed the one-year Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) at the University of Chicago, then studied for the Graduate Diploma in Law. I intend to qualify as a barrister and have been offered pupillage at a leading Chancery chambers.

Tom Lindsell, Politics, Psychology and Sociology 2009-2012

It’s an old cliché, but I’d been interested in politics and current affairs from a young age. That meant when the time came to think about the next step of my academic career, the question was never what I wanted to study, but where. Cambridge’s appeal for me came from the diversity of the course on offer. I was attracted to the course for the ability to combine the theoretical with the practical study of politics and pursue individual research interests within the scope of three years. In addition, throughout my time at Cambridge, the faculty’s teaching and support was phenomenal, only adding to the quality of the course.
The broad knowledge and skills I gained during the course has served me well post-graduation. On leaving Cambridge, I was successful in gaining a place on the Civil Service Fast Stream. The skills I developed at Cambridge in thinking flexibly around an issue, considering a variety of different approaches and working to tight deadlines were a hugely valuable resource on which I was able to draw. In all, the grounding I gained during my course ensured that I was able to transition into a professional environment effectively.