Over the past 45 years we have built a solid reputation as the best political science department in the UK, Europe and globally, achieving the top rating in all six Research Excellence Frameworks (REF).
We are consistently ranked top in the country for the quality of our political science research (REF 2014) and ranked among the top 40 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2019).
We are renowned for our expertise in political behaviour, comparative politics, ideology and discourse analysis, international relations and conflict resolution. Our department houses four research centres and five research divisions which organise their work around these key themes.
Use the links below to visit our prestigious research structures and learn more about the cutting edge research taking place within the department.
Our research centres focus on specific areas of interest, whilst facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration both within and beyond the Department of Government.
Our research focuses on central themes which provide a structure to our five research divisions. In combination with our research divisions, we also host three departmental methods working groups: mixed-methods research, data science & quantitative political methodology, and evidence & public policy.
The methods working groups encourage collaboration across research divisions based on shared methodological interests and facilitate interdisciplinary research. They promote the representation of the full spectrum of empirical approaches in our political science research and teaching. Members of the working groups are highlighted within each research division.