Why study at POLSIS?

POLSIS offers an intellectually rich and rewarding experience at a leading university in a dynamic and ambitious city.

Great teachers and researchers

Our modules and programmes are taught by leading scholars working at the forefront of their respective fields.

The Department has long-established strengths in the fields of Asian politics, British politics, Diplomacy, Environmental politics, European studies, Gender and feminist theory, International political economy, International relations theory, Party politics, Political sociology, Political theory, Russian and Eurasian Studies and Security studies.

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Birmingham: the University and the city

The City

Think Birmingham is a boring industrial city? Think again. Birmingham is brimming with life and culture, making it a wonderful place to live, study and work. The city offers culture and diversity, and most of our students fall in love with the city – around 40% of the University's graduates choose to make Birmingham their home. In 2015 Birmingham was chosen by Rough Guide as one of the 10 best cities to visit in the world.

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The Campus

POLSIS is located on the University of Birmingham's main campus in leafy Edgbaston just a short train journey away from the city centre.

Don't take our word for it listen to some our students tell you why they love Birmingham.

Great modules and programmes

The department offers a range of exciting programmes and modules at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

We are constantly striving to improve our suite of modules to focus on the major questions of political science and international relations. For example in the past couple of years we have introduced:



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Student enhancement activities

In POLSIS we offer much more than a degree. As a student here, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, you have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of events, with some or all of the costs paid for by the department. 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 POLSIS students.

In the past couple of years, for example, many students have benefited from the Model UN, Model NATO and Brussels study trip. In addition, we have organised several public debates such as Immigration in the 2015 British general election and Britain's membership of the European Union and all students are welcome to attend the POLSIS seminar series, IGS and ICCS seminars and other events in the School of Government and Society.

Recent enhancement activities:

Student profile: Bryony Pike, International Model NATO Conference 2018

Model NATO 2018 was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. As a mature student doing a masters in International Development, doing something so politically focused was out of my comfort zone.
Tuesday 18th September 2018

Student report: Graciela Margareta Correia Magno, Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation training programme with ICCS (2017)

Thank you for the funding support from the School of Government's Student Enhancement Fund to attend the training program in Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation.
Thursday 8th June 2017

More activities across the school of Government and Society.

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