Welcome to the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), one of the largest and most academically vibrant departments of Political Science and International Studies in the UK. POLSIS is the proud home of Sociology, the Institute for German Studies and the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies.
In the latest Guardian University Guide 2015 Birmingham ranked 17th out of 114 institutions surveyed. The School of Government and Society performed well with Politics placing 5th out of 72 and Sociology placing 11th out of 89 institutions in their respective fields.
In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 Politics and International Studies at Birmingham was ranked the 6th best in the power rankings highlighting the large number of staff in POLSIS producing world-leading and internationally excellent research.
Choose to study in POLSIS and take the opportunity to examine some of the most important political issues, both at a national and international level, that we, as citizens, face in the 21st century.
Undergraduate degree programmes
The Department of Political Science and International Studies offers the broadest range of MA programmes of any department in the UK, all delivered by internationally-recognised staff.
Masters degree programmes
We welcome applications for Research degrees in a variety of subject areas. We offer PhD and MPhil study with the support of dedicated supervisors who are experts in their field.
Doctoral research degrees
Staff in the spotlight
Highlighted News and Events
- Written by Dr Huw Macartney. More than just a piece of clever rhetoric, the government is making genuine changes to regulating the financial services industry.
- Friday 19th June 2015
- In one of the highlights of football calendar staff and students battled it out in the annual POLSIS staff-student game last week.
- Thursday 18th June 2015
- Ran Yan, a doctoral researcher starting in September 2015, has been awarded a highly competitive funded studentship offered by the university in partnership with the China Scholarship Council.
- Friday 12th June 2015
- Last week doctoral researchers in POLSIS organized a colloquium and presented their latest findings to peers from across the University.
- Tuesday 19th May 2015
Read more news and events from across the department.