Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS)

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 2016 the School of Government and Society performed well with Sociology placing 6th out of 87 institutions. The University of Birmingham was ranked 17th out of 119 institutions surveyed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Posted 29 April 2016

"Brexit" Attacks President Obama...and Avoids the Issues

One might be surprised that a prominent British politician would begin a comment about US President Barack Obama with a historical lie. One might not foresee an ethnic slur against the American leader. But that is exactly what happened last week when the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, used The Sun newspaper as a platform to denounce Obama's visit to Britain

Posted 25 April 2016

Drone Security: Why we need to develop new safety procedures

"The need to develop new procedures for drones [RPA] to operate safely in or near controlled airspace is a matter requiring urgent attention in order to ensure air safety and to assure public confidence." Birmingham Policy Commission on the Security Impact of Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK, 2014.

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