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 the Institute for German Studies and the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies.

Undergraduate degrees at POLSIS
In the most recent National Student Survey, 92% of our students expressed satisfaction with their studies in POLSIS (the second best score in the 24 leading Russell Group universities in the UK). Moreover, 93% of students found their course in POLSIS to be intellectually stimulating.

Research at POLSIS
In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 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 Adam Quinn and Dr Huw Macartney) talk about their research and how it impacts on the teaching at Birmingham.

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Posted 09 February 2017

Whatever you believe, the Trump presidency is going to test it

Written by Dr Adam Quinn. Nearly three weeks into a four-year term, this much is clear about the Trump presidency: moderation is not the plan. Anyone who predicted America would see a different Donald Trump in office from the man on display during campaign season can now be counted among the many prognosticators who have placed and lost their chips in recent times.

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