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The Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at Oxford is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for teaching and research.  The study of these disciplines at Oxford has a long and distinguished history and the department is now one of the largest in the field in the UK.

Our large community of academic staff work in research areas that extend in geographical scope across the globe, cover both historical and contemporary sources, and address practical, and philosophical problems in networks that extend beyond the DPIR to other departments, universities, and global and local organisations. 

Our undergraduate and graduate students have access to an unrivalled range of expertise and activity in the fields of government and politics, political theory, and international study. Our teaching is based on the most rigorous contemporary scholarship, and we train our students in the highest standards of critical analysis, and in the understanding and use of rigorous research methods and techniques. Our alumni teach and research in academic departments worldwide, or have gone on to careers in public and private organisations and agencies.   

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Key contacts

Head of Department

Professor Louise Fawcett

Head of Administration

Pip Elphick

General Enquiries

 +44 (0)1865 278700

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