Why study at POLSIS?

To enable you to better develop your own ideas and opinions, we will put you at the centre of the learning process. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. Many of your lecturers at Birmingham will be global experts in their fields and their excitement and passion will translate into your degree programme.

The Department has a balance of expertise that covers all areas of the discipline and has long-established strengths in the fields of political theory, European politics, international relations theory, security studies, diplomatic studies, political sociology, political economy, Pacific Asian politics, environmental politics and British politics.

Undergraduate study 

Our programmes also offer you the chance to combine your studies with a year abroad, studying in a different country in the third year of your degree, returning to Birmingham to complete your studies in the fourth year. We also offer a professional development module which allows you the opportunity to undertake a work placement and in doing so enhance your employability prospects after graduation.

In addition to your degree, you will also have the chance to take part in a wide range of events, with some or all of the costs paid for by the School. Some of these are targeted to help you build skills and experience for your CV, while others are more open events designed to expose you to high-level speakers on current debates, relevant to all Government and Society students.

How you will be taught:

  • While there are compulsory elements to your degree programme, you will have the opportunity to choose from an expansive list of optional modules that enable you to broaden your academic horizons and tailor your degree to your interests and specialisms
  • A personal tutor provides academic and welfare advice, encouraging you and offering assistance in any areas you may feel you need extra support
  •  Your learning will include a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures and small group tutorials, to self-study and peer-group learning; such as preparing and delivering presentations with your classmates
  • At the beginning of each module, you will be given information on how and when you will be assessed for that particular programme of study; this includes coursework (which may take the form of essays, group and individual presentations), and formal exams
  • You will receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so that you can learn from and build on what you have done; you will also be given detailed feedback on any exams that you take
  • During your first year you will also undergo a formal 'transition review' to see how you are getting on and if there are particular areas where you need support

Postgradaute study

In the School of Government and Society we offer much more than a degree. As a student here, you have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of events, with some or all of the costs paid for by the School. Some of these are targeted to help you build skills and experience for your CV, others are more open events designed to expose you to high-level speakers on current debates relevant to all School students. Examples of these include study trips and exchanges with our international partner universities, high-profile speaker visits and trips to the Model UN and NATO conferences.

Work experience

Our Careers Network team provides a dedicated service to help you find work experience or internship opportunities outside of your studies, either part-time during term-time, or over the summer vacation. Right from the start of your degree you will have access to our interactive careers service, through which many regional, national and international employers advertise their vacancies.

Facilities

The School of Government and Society is located in Muirhead Tower on the University's main Edgbaston campus, offering state-of-the-art teaching and research study facilities, including free Wi-Fi throughout the building and dedicated study areas for postgraduate research students.

Learn more about our Student Experience activities and the work of the Department.