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Our reputation

  • Ranked eighth in the Research Excellence Framework 2014
    (Times Higher Education)

Our research

Our research spans the discipline and an array of interdisciplinary areas.

Current concentrations of research expertise include: the history of political thought, contemporary political theory, comparative politics, public policy, peacebuilding, global development, international security, human rights, international political economy, environmental and gender politics.

We are an intellectually diverse and inclusive department with a global outlook. We are proud to be home to a vibrant community of researchers from all over the world, tackling pressing local and global problems.


Research degrees

Push the boundaries of knowledge in our supportive and stimulating environment.

Our programmes


Early career researchers at York benefit from a dynamic research culture and excellent facilities.

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Visiting researchers

We welcome UK and international academics and PhD students to join our research community.

Application information

Our research aligns to the University's research themes  areas of research excellence that cross departmental boundaries.