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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Latest news

Posted 24 April 2017

Italy's looming election: Will the Five Star Movement really form the next government?

Italy will hold its next general election no later than spring 2018, with Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement (M5S) currently ahead in most of the recent polling. Daniele Albertazzi argues that despite intense media speculation about what a victory for the M5S could mean for Italy and its participation in the euro, the picture is far from clear and could be altered substantially by current negotiations over the country's electoral law.

Posted 21 April 2017

Egypt faces rough times ahead: four points on the recent ISIS attacks

Written by Dr Gerasimos Tsourapas, Lecturer in Middle East Politics. In the most brutal attack against the Egyptian Coptic Christian minority in recent memory, ISIS bombed two churches on 9 April. At least 47 Egyptians were killed in Alexandria and Tanta, a small town in the Nile Delta. ISIS claimed responsibility for planting an explosive device under a seat at Tanta's Saint George's Church and for the suicide bombing at Alexandria's Saint Marks' Coptic Orthodox Cathedral – a few hours later. What does this mean for ISIS, the post-2011 Egypt, and its Coptic community, the largest Christian minority in the Middle East?

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