Politics and Public Policy

Annual Research Report|

The first annual research report for the Department has been published


House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow MP, presided over a debate by students on whether young people should vote in the next General Election.

V|isit from US Ambassador

Clodagh Harrington chaired a Q&A session with US Ambassador to the UK Matthew Barzun when he visited DMU on18 March 2014.

Frontline Housing Officers|

Interim findings on the research project by Dr Jo Richardson for the Chartered Institute of Housing & Wheatley Group has been published.

Boosting Affordable Housing Supply|

The project report for this ESRC funding research project by CCHR with Places for People has been published.

UG| and PG| courses

Undergraduate, professional and postgraduate courses available in the Department

Politics and Public Policy

Welcome to the Department of Politics and Public Policy at De Montfort University (DMU).  We are a large group of 25 staff, covering a broad range of subject areas that have a long tradition of providing internationally acclaimed research and excellent teaching in Politics|, International Relations| and Public Policy.

Our aim is to help students find answers to the processes that have determined the nature of the societies and the world that we live in and to undertake cutting edge research that informs these debates.


The department offers a wide range of undergraduate programmes, including joint honours programmes in Politics|International Relations| and Politics, History and Politics, International Relations and History, Politics and Sociology, Economics and Government, and International Business and Globalisation. The department is launching a new single honours programme in Politics for 2012.

We take great pride in supporting student employability by embedding placement opportunities into our degree programmes. Undergraduate students at DMU take an active involvement in their studies and run a lively Politics Society.

The department also offers specialist degree programmes in Housing Studies| at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as an MSc in Project Management|.

The department is home to a lively community of research students and welcomes proposals from prospective students.


The research conducted in the department seeks to influence current thinking and address contemporary challenges faced by practitioners, policymakers and academics, ranging from the reform of Local Politics to democratisation of former Communist countries.

The Department is home to the Centre for Comparative Housing Research| (CCHR), the Health Policy Research Unit (HPRU) and the Local Governance Research Unit| (LGRU). These three Centres provide a focal point for the research of colleagues within the department and beyond.

The first Annual Research Report is available to download from this link|.

Quality and Distinctiveness

The quality and distinctiveness of our work has been acknowledged by the students that we teach and people who value our research.

We believe in adopting innovative approaches to teaching and learning, including the use of role plays, simulations, blogs, and podcasts.

This has been reflected in external recognition, from the National Student Survey to the European Commission, with the department also having the first politics professor in the country to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.

Since 2010 colleagues in the Department have  received over £500,000 in research funding from a wide range of sources.

Notable examples include the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, Economic and Social Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, British Academy, Higher Education Academy, and the European Union.

Contact Us

If you would like to be part of a supportive, stimulating and rewarding academic community then please get in touch:

Department of Politics and Public Policy
Faculty of Business and Law
De Montfort University
The Gateway


The Department publishes a regular e-zine of news stories| and information about student and staff activities.  These are available online from http://issuu.com/dmupolitics|

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You can also follow our work on the DMU Policy Exchanges Blog: www.policyex.dmu.ac.uk|

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