The International Relations/Political Science Department offers a highly innovative, cosmopolitan and enriching academic environment. The mission of the department is to provide MA and PhD students with theoretical grounding and rigorous training in the fields of International Relations/Political Science.
Our study programmes combine intellectual rigour with a highly varied set of substantive specialties and courses in order to train sophisticated researchers able to achieve excellence in our own scholarly discipline and connect it to other disciplines as well as to the professional world. We therefore concentrate on helping our students develop both fundamental analytical skills and in-depth specializations. The aim is to enable them to work and conduct research in a variety of settings: governments, international organisations, NGOs, businesses and academia.
Our internationally recruited faculty works with a broad array of different theoretical and methodological approaches. It comprises scholars drawing on critical, feminist, pragmatist, ethnographic and aesthetic traditions as well as scholars working with network analysis, design theory, forecasting, agent-based modelling, and rational institutionalism. Our faculty works on issues ranging from environmental governance, international security and trade to electoral politics, labour relations, expertise, gender, sensory politics and beyond. Some anchor their research in a specific area others are generalists. We are resolutely pluralist in our approach to politics and international relations. For more information, consult our faculty profiles.