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

Oil crisis: can short-term pain lead to economic gain for Russia?

Oil crisis: can short-term pain lead to economic gain for Russia?
Description
The recent crash in oil prices is causing much anxiety in oil-producing states. From Iran to Venezuela, many have come to rely on elevated oil prices to fuel economic growth and support government spending.
Date:
Friday 23rd January 2015

Podcast: Ethnic minority political representation in Britain: the end of the Race Relations Paradigm?

Podcast: Ethnic minority political representation in Britain: the end of the Race Relations Paradigm?
Description
The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) Departmental Seminar. Speaker: Maria Sobolewska (Manchester), Respondant: Dr Chris Allen (University of Birmingham.
Date:
Thursday 22nd January 2015

Corporeal Capitalism: The Body in International Political Economy

Corporeal Capitalism: The Body in International Political Economy
Description
New special section of the journal 'Global Society' on body politics in the global economy edited by University of Birmingham Senior Lecturer.
Date:
Monday 19th January 2015

Former Student Becomes Albanian Deputy Foreign Minister

Former Student Becomes Albanian Deputy Foreign Minister
Description
Former PhD Student Odeta Barbullushi has been appointed Albania's new Deputy Foreign Minister.
Date:
Monday 19th January 2015

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