Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS)

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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. The Department inspires and enhances intellectual development and enthusiasm for learning in staff and students alike.

In the latest Guardian University Guide 2014 Birmingham ranked 15th out of 128 institutions surveyed. The School of Government and Society performed well with Politics placing 10th out of 78 and Sociology placing 8th out of 88 institutions in their respective fields.

Undergraduate degrees

Undergraduate degrees

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

Masters degrees

Masters degrees

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

Doctoral research

Doctoral research

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

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Latest News and Events

Highlighted News and Events

Alumni profile: Ursula Houston, Sociology BA

Alumni profile: Ursula Houston, Sociology BA
Description
Since graduating with a first class degree in Sociology, I have been lucky enough to secure two different internships in the public sector. Both internships were advertised by the careers service solely for University of Birmingham students.
Date:
Friday 7th March 2014

Sociology - Speed Networking Event

Sociology - Speed Networking Event
Description
Sociology hosted a careers networking event on the (01 February 2014). This event provided current students with the opportunity to meet students who have recently graduated from Sociology at Birmingham and learn first-hand from them about the kinds of careers they have followed since then.
Date:
Wednesday 5th March 2014

Amy Binstead, BA Education and Sociology (1st year)

Amy Binstead, BA Education and Sociology (1st year)
Description
Current student Amy Binstead talks about her experience on the BA (Hons) Education and Sociology undergraduate course in the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Thursday 6th February 2014

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Deliberative leadership

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Deliberative leadership
Description
The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) Departmental Seminar. Speaker: John Parkinson (Warwick) Discussant: Andrew Knops.
Date:
Thursday 6th February 2014

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