Department of International Relations

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International Relations is a fast-growing academic subject, reflecting the speed with which the world is changing. At Sussex we are renowned for challenging the mainstream approach to International Relations. We don’t just tell students about international institutions, we go back to first principles about what the international system is, has been and could be. In this sense our approach is highly original, radical and critical.

Unique approach

CityscapeOur degrees are academically challenging, rooted in the history and theory of international relations, and include opportunities for real-world experience.  We cover all major world regions and have introduced international work placement opportunities in organisations across the globe.

Leading international research

Based around our research centres in International SecurityPolitical Economy and International Relations Theory, International Relations research at Sussex BRICS meetingspans the globe, and has real impact. It was ranked 7th in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, and underpins our teaching.

Expert connections

Our leading reputation means we attract high profile speakers to provide guest lectures.  In the past year, these have included senior figures from NATO and the Chatham HouseEuropean Council on International Relations.  Students also benefit from our membership to Chatham House, the UK’s largest international affairs think-tank.

Global perspective for global careers

UN building, New YorkThe global perspective you gain at Sussex means IR graduates go on to a wide variety of international careers, including organisations such as Action Against Hunger, the World Bank, NATO and the UN.

Department newsletter

Please download the latest issue of our Departmental newsletter:

International Relations Department Newsletter, Issue 4 Spring 2013 [PDF 833.23KB]

International Relations at Sussex brochure

Please also download our latest brochure:

International Relations at Sussex [PDF 417.01KB]