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

Prestigious best article prize for Birmingham sociologist

Prestigious best article prize for Birmingham sociologist
Description
Dr Will Leggett, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, has been awarded the Best Article 2014 prize by the leading journal Policy & Politics.
Date:
Friday 1st May 2015

Birmingham Pre-election debate on Immigration co-hosted by The Guardian

Birmingham Pre-election debate on Immigration co-hosted by The Guardian
Description
The Department of Political Science and International Studies/School of Government and Society co-host a pre-election debate on immigration with The Guardian.
Date:
Friday 1st May 2015

Sociology Society Careers Conference 2015

Sociology Society Careers Conference 2015
Description
The Sociology Society hosted a careers conference on 04 February 2015. This event provided current students with the opportunity to meet alumni from a variety of careers including HR, PR/Marketing, Consultancy, Social Work, Law (in particular a postgraduate qualification) and Education.
Date:
Thursday 2nd April 2015

Germanwings crash: the ins and outs of the two-person rule

Germanwings crash: the ins and outs of the two-person rule
Description
Written by Daniel Rio Tinto, Doctoral Researcher in POLSIS. It takes two people to launch a nuclear missile - it's time the same level of safety returned to the cockpit.
Date:
Monday 30th March 2015

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