World leaders in political science

We ask difficult questions to find important answers - where will the next civil war start? Can we predict social unrest from tweeting patterns? Why should we obey the law? We'll help you understand how the forces that shape our world really work.

We train you to be fearless and independent, to question everything and draw on the broadest possible range of facts and ideas to get both sides of the story.

100% of our research environment is world-leading or internationally excellent (Grade Point Average, REF 2021). Our academics are some of the biggest names in the field, giving you unrivalled access to the best minds in politics. As well as conducting ground-breaking research, your lecturers advise political parties, governments and international NGOs.

If you want to study with the best and challenge your own opinions to uncover the truth, welcome home.



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choose us?

You have access to some of the best minds in politics and the biggest names in the field
2nd in UK for research outputs in politics and international studies (Grade Point Average, REF 2021)
13th for politics (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)
Awarded Q-Step Affiliate status to develop your quantitative skills
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"Join our community of students, staff and alumni who pursue a deeper understanding of the political world, to make it better."
Professor Shane Martin Head, Department of Government
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