Why study at POLSIS?

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

The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) is one of the largest and best departments of its kind in the UK.

The Department inspires and enhances intellectual development and enthusiasm for learning in staff and students alike. It has enjoyed a consistently high place in the Guardian league tables, since these were first published in 2000. The Department also plays host to the Institute of German and European Studies (IGES) and the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES).

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.

Live in Birmingham, Breathe 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.

The University of Birmingham experience

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

Undergraduate study

The Department of Political Science and International Studies offers a number of exciting and forward thinking undergraduate degree programmes across our departments. Choose to study political scienceinternational relations or sociology and take the opportunity to examine some of the most important political issues that we as citizens face in the 21st century.

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, IGES and ICCS seminars and other events in the School of Government.

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