The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) is a large and friendly department and is widely regarded as one of the fastest growing, most dynamic and forward-looking departments in the country.
Here at POLSIS, we are committed to delivering inspiring and challenging programmes of study which allow you to develop fully your ideas and potential. Indeed, we are able to offer you a high level of 'added value' in terms of teaching quality. This means that, as a department, we are not only successful at attracting very good students, but also excel in helping them to achieve levels of performance higher than they might expect in other comparable institutions. This is reflected in the fact that our student achievement rates have consistently been above national averages over a number of years. Our excellent teaching has been recognised many times by awards from the University or the student community.
Teaching and learning at the School of Government and Society.
Enhancing your student experience
As well as benefiting from our world-leading expertise, you’ll also get the chance to take part in a range of in-house activities that vary by year and are designed to complement your curriculum and enrich your time at Birmingham. These have included:
- Annual Student Conference
- Research Assistance Scheme, where students are paired with a member of staff to help them in specific research tasks
- Simulation exercises using real case examples
- Simulation events and research visits to local and national places of interest
Learn more about our
Student Experience activities and the work of the Department.
POLSIS is home to some of the most respected academics in the UK and beyond. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Politics and International Studies at Birmingham was ranked the sixth best department in the country in terms of research power, highlighting the large number of staff in POLSIS producing world-leading and internationally excellent research. We have a wide range of research specialisms in the department, including Security Studies, British Politics, Political Theory, Gender Studies, Political Economy, European Politics, Sociology and Russian and East European Studies. Further information about our staff research interests.
Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our dedicated Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.
Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CV's and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.
More information about Careers and employability at POLSIS.