International Politics

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Department of International Politics

Situated right at the heart of one of the world's greatest financial and political centres, the Department of International Politics combines world-leading research with exceptional education in international relations and international political economy.

The department has developed focused research programmes, with an emphasis on international relations, foreign policy and diplomacy, international political justice, and international political economy. It hosts two thriving think tanks, the City Political Economy Research Centre (CITYPERC) and the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS)

Our students receive a top-class education that is consistently informed by cutting-edge research and delivered by internationally recognised leaders in their fields.

Students learn from and work with leading academics and skilled practitioners, and we have consistently high student satisfaction, achieving 90% satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) for teaching.

Through our range of courses, students develop the knowledge and research skills to engage with the key challenges and debates that are shaping policy formation and academia in a rapidly changing world.

In 2014 the department launched BSc (Hons) International Political Economy, which is the first of its kind in the UK. City University London is ranked 4th in London and 22nd for international politics in the UK (Guardian University Rankings 2015).


Since 2007, the department has established strength in three core areas of research in international relations: International Political Economy, Foreign Policy & Diplomacy and International Social & Political Justice.

The Department's research strategy has led to the establishment of two research centres:

Our expertise

  • Political economy and global finance
  • Foreign Policy and diplomacy
  • Global ethics and international human rights
  • The politics of the US, the Middle East and Europe
  • Security Studies
  • Religion in contemporary politics
  • Forced population displacement
  • International development
  • Global civil society and social movements

Research networks

We actively engage in work that enhances both academic understanding and international policy-making through our engagement with various research networks.

REF 2014

The department is celebrating the confirmation of our status as an internationally excellent research-led teaching department. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 rated 57% of our research as either 'world leading' (4* - 17%) or 'internationally excellent' (3* - 40%). Our 4* research outputs place us at 23rd position out of 56 departments and units evaluated in REF2014, ahead of many well-established departments, an excellent result. Our research environment is improving rapidly as is the impact of our research in policymaking and the media. This is the Department's first REF since we were formed just 7 years ago and represents a very solid foundation for the future.

Work with us

We welcome collaborators, research partners and research students who would like to work with us on these and other issues of International Politics. We offer excellent facilities for visiting scholars and researchers.

If you would like to find out more information about becoming a visiting fellow with City, or one of the Departments Research Centres please contact our Head of Department, Professor Inderjeet Parmar or Deputy Head of Department, Dr Amnon Aran.

Research students

Amnon Aran

Dr Amnon Aran


Head of Department

All staff (including Course Directors)

Visiting Lecturers

  • Dr Bruno Bonizzi
  • Dr Leonie Fleischman
  • Dr Maria Fotou
  • Dr Helen Hawthorne
  • Mr Arthur Kilgore
  • Dr Elvira King
  • Professor Photis Lysandrou
  • Dr Patrick Pinkerton

Honorary Visiting Research Fellows

  • Dr Robert Davies, Senior Visiting Fellow
  • Dr Mark Ledwidge, Honorary and Visiting Research Fellow
  • Dr Eugenio Lilli
  • Dr Robert Pee, Honorary and Visiting Research Fellow
  • Dr Holly Ryan Honorary and Visiting Research Fellow (2013-15)
  • Dr Marja Tiilikainen, Honorary and Visiting Research Fellow - from University of Helsinki (Oct 2014-2016)
  • Dr Erla Thrandardottir

Honorary Visiting Professors

Graduate destinations

The skills of International Politics graduates are of direct relevance to a wide range of professions including those in teaching, research, civil service, media communications, journalism, international organisations, NGOs, international finance and the private sector.

Graduate employment statistics

City's Careers, Student Development & Outreach team provides a breakdown of graduate employment statistics from the Destinations of Leavers survey, six months after graduating. Find specific statistics per course.

Graduate job destinations

Graduates from the Department of International Politics have started jobs in organisations such as:

  • Amnesty International, Associate Researcher/ Account Executive
  • British Safety Council, Lettings Negotiator
  • British Red Cross, Communication Officer
  • Civitas, Market Researcher
  • Edelman, Editorial Coordinator
  • Embassy of Germany in France, Welfare & Housing Associate Professionals
  • Emap, Journalist
  • Institute of Cultural Diplomacy, Programme Manager
  • New Zealand Red Cross, Research Officer
  • Japan Foreign Policy Institute, Volunteer for Refugee Services
  • The European, Reporter

Further study

Graduates from the Department of International Politics have gone to further study at:

  • Imperial College London
  • King's College London
  • Oxford University, UCL
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of St Andrews.

Alumni network

The City University London Alumni Network offers free and lifelong membership to all former students and staff of the University - we currently have over 135,000 members worldwide and we grow every year. For more information and find representatives in your home country, visit the Alumni network.

  • Undergraduate enquiries t: +44 (0)20 7040 8521
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  • Postgraduate and Research enquiries t: +44 (0)20 7040 0249; +44 (0)20 7040 3721
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