Politics in Cornwall

Politics and International Relations programmes in Cornwall are part of a world-class research institution. We are committed to creating a diverse and thriving student community. We believe that this is achieved by providing a supportive learning environment, which nurtures our students through-out your time with us and helps you make the transition from school to university. In addition, in Cornwall, students will benefit from a bespoke learning experience within a diverse cohort of students and an unrivalled commitment to excellence in teaching.

Politics in Cornwall is characterised by its focus on some of the biggest political challenges facing the world today such as inequality, climate change, the global financial crisis, conflict, and the depletion of natural resources, public disillusionment with politics, and the changing balance in world power. We’ll teach you about political systems and theories and apply these to world events and the major issues setting the modern political agenda, giving you real world skills valued by employers.

Studying in Cornwall

Studying at the Penryn Campus you will have the time of your life – which is exactly what university is all about! There is nowhere more beautiful than Cornwall on a bright, sunny day, and the county offers no shortage of footpaths, parks, gardens, and beaches for you to enjoy. Eight of the county’s beaches (Porthmeor, Polzeath, Porthminster, Caris Bay, Widemouth, Trevone Bay, Porthtowan, and Falmouth’s own Gyllyngvase) have been awarded Blue Flag status in 2019 – an international designation recognising quality of the water and local facilities. Cornwall has a strong community feel and one of the most unique cultures in the UK. A significant number of local cultural activities that happen in Cornwall throughout the year such as maritime and history festivals. You could even join a Celtic language group!

Those who enjoy watersports (including surfing, kayaking, snorkelling, swimming, paddle-boarding and more) can take advantage of Falmouth Bay and the local rivers as well as the nearby sea. There are also a number of beautiful gardens within a few miles of campus, as well as a vast array of museums and other places of interest for you to explore.

Our campus

Our Penryn Campus offers a welcoming atmosphere where it’s easy to make new friends and where staff and students know each other well. It is situated in the environmentally beautiful setting of west Cornwall. The stunning campus buildings offer the very best in learning and teaching facilities, with lecture theatres and seminar rooms equipped with the latest technologies. The campus is shared with the University of Falmouth, which creates a vibrant mixture of students from science, engineering, humanities and arts backgrounds, both on campus and in the local area.

Key facts:

  • 5th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research1
  • 9th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
  • Truly interdisciplinary programmes delivered with the English, History, and Geography departments on the Penryn Campus
  • University-subsidised field trip available to students in Cornwall

I love how students are on first name terms with our lecturers and seminar leaders. I’ve experienced a variety of teaching styles from academics who love to prove theories through interactive role plays, discussions and debates over topics, or using more traditional PowerPoints. 

Aaron Chahal, Politics and International Relations (Penryn Campus)