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 01 March 2017

POLSIS MA Study tour visit Brussels, January 2017

Every year all MA students based within POLSIS have the opportunity to take part in an study trip to Brussels. The group, led by Lorenzo Cladi, Nino Kemoklidze and Chiara Morbi, visited the European Commission, the European Parliament, NATO and the Council of the European Union.

Posted 01 March 2017

POLSIS students visit the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

As exchange students at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, one of our modules; Political Economy of the Middle East; included a "pressure cooker". A pressure cooker is an intense two and a half day assessment, where the class is split into groups and has to develop a 'policy solution' for a 'client'. For our pressure cooker, we had to develop foreign policy advice for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a current issue in the Middle East.

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