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. 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 6thbest in the power rankings highlighting the large number of staff in POLSIS producing world-leading and internationally excellent research. 

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

Staff in the spotlight

Staff in the spotlight
Listen to our academics (Dr Tim Haughton and Dr Huw Macartney) talk about their research and how it impacts on the teaching at Birmingham. You can see more on our videos page.
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Highlighted News and Events

POLSIS MA Study tour visit Brussels, January 2015

POLSIS MA Study tour visit Brussels, January 2015
Description
Every year all MA students based within POLSIS have the opportunity to take part in an study trip to Brussels. This year, Dr Derek Averre led a party of 30 master's students on the Brussels study tour to visit EU institutions and NATO on 18-21 January 2015.
Date:
Friday 6th March 2015

Blog: Gender & the Research Excellence Framework: An Analysis of the Politics & International Studies Unit of Assessment (I)

Blog: Gender & the Research Excellence Framework: An Analysis of the Politics & International Studies Unit of Assessment (I)
Description
Written by Dr Fran Amery, Dr Stephen Bates and Professor Steve McKay . Ever wondered about the gendered dimensions of the REF returns and rankings for the Politics & International Studies Unit of Assessment? Well wonder no longer.
Date:
Thursday 5th March 2015

Blog: Gender & the Research Excellence Framework: An Analysis of the Politics & International Studies Unit of Assessment (II)

Blog: Gender & the Research Excellence Framework: An Analysis of the Politics & International Studies Unit of Assessment (II)
Description
Written by Dr Fran Amery, Dr Stephen Bates and Professor Steve McKay. This is the second of two posts on gender and the Research Excellence Framework (you may also be interested in this post on what titles of outputs submitted to the Politics & International Studies Unit of Assessment tell us about (sub-)disciplinary trends).
Date:
Thursday 5th March 2015

Blog: A Corpus-Based Analysis of REF Output Titles for Politics and International Studies*

Blog: A Corpus-Based Analysis of REF Output Titles for Politics and International Studies*
Description
Written by Dr Stephen Bates. Have you ever wondered what the titles of outputs submitted to the REF tell us about disciplinary trends, foci and boundaries? Well, thanks to the wonder of corpus linguistics and Laurence Anthony's AntConc, wonder no longer.
Date:
Wednesday 4th March 2015

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