About us

Learn about the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations and its programmes.

Welcome from the Head of School

Professor Sekhar BandyopadhyayWelcome to the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations (HPPI). The School is part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington.

It is made up of three separate programmes and two interdisciplinary research centres: the Centre for Strategic Studies and the New Zealand India Research Institute. These academic units represent important fields of study, each with their own set of concepts and perspectives.

All our programmes offer world-class research-based teaching, with many of our internationally-recruited academic staff nationally and globally recognized as leaders in their respective fields. In the last national research ranking of universities, our three programmes were ranked either first or second in the country. In the 2015 QS global ranking of university departments our three programmes were placed either in the top 100 or top 150 in the world. Our two research centres are internationally renowned for their contributions, and their academic staff regularly participate in teaching.

Our programmes offer courses informed by latest research trends in their respective disciplines. However, as well as acquiring knowledge, our students also develop key transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers, such as problem-solving abilities, constructing and presenting arguments clearly, and skills in critical and creative thinking, leadership, communication and research.

The university’s capital city location is particularly advantageous for the academic programmes offered by the School. Its close relationship with the parliament, as well as proximity to several repositories of public documents and rare collections of books and other resources - such as, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library, Parliamentary Library, Archives New Zealand, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision (previously New Zealand Film Archive) and Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa - offer unique learning opportunities for our students.

We hope that you find the information you need on our website and please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further help. We hope to welcome you to the School at some time in the future.

Sekhar Bandyopadhyay FRSNZ
Head of School