Students listening to lecture
Students at the University of Birmingham

Parliamentary Studies is the only higher education module formally approved by the Houses of Parliament and is co-taught by university tutors and Parliament officials. This is only the third time that Parliament has sought collaborators to deliver the module with the selection process involving a rigorous evaluation by a panel of experts from the Houses of Parliament, resulting in just 23 successful applicants.

University of Birmingham is honoured to once again be taking part in the UK Parliamentary Studies programme. The unique nature of this programme presents a rare opportunity for our students to learn about Parliament through direct connection with MPs, Lords, and Parliamentary staff; and attending sessions in Parliament which has so far proved to be incredibly satisfying and useful for them. As an institution committed to diversity and excellence in education, the University looks forward to actively engaging with students and employers to bring a more diverse perspective to the field of politics.

Dr Stephen Holden Bates, Senior Lecturer in Political Science

The course will be administered by the University’s Department of Political Science & International Studies (POLSIS) and is open to all final year students who are studying politics as part of their degree.

The University of Birmingham joins a prestigious list of higher education institutions, including University of Manchester, University College London, and the University of Edinburgh, among others, in delivering this crucial module. The partnership spans from the academic year 2024/25 to the end of the academic year 2029/30.