On your degree you will be taught by staff from the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS). We take an enquiry-based approach to learning, which means that as well as providing your with engaging content about the subject, we also help you become an independent and self-motivated learner. Throughout the degree, we will develop the qualities that employers value in today's university graduates – qualities that will set you apart in your future career.
To help you develop these skills, we adopt a range of teaching methods on the degree. They may include:
- Lectures – where academic experts introduce you to topics, sharing their knowledge in challenging and provocative ways. Students are provided with reading recommendations alongside the lectures, which will allow you to deepen your understanding of topics and develop your critical faculties and analytical skills.
- Seminars – where you discuss and present topics in smaller groups, allowing you to develop your ideas, share interpretations, and debate opinions with other students.
- Tutorials – your opportunity to discuss your work with your personal tutor, usually in small groups.
- Workshops – problem-solving sessions facilitated by a member of academic staff, usually involving group work.
Our lecturers and tutors will ensure you have all the resources you need to make your transition to degree-level education.
More about student experience at POLSIS.
Contact hours vary depending on module choice. As well as time with your lecturers, class teachers, and personal tutor, academic and professional services staff (such as our dedicated Careers Network team) will be available to offer individual and group support throughout your time studying your degree here at Birmingham.
From the outset, you will be assigned your own Personal Tutor who will get to know you as you progress through your studies, providing academic advice and encouragement, guidance toward welfare services when needed, and helping you get assistance in any areas you may feel you need extra support to make the most of your potential and your time at the University of Birmingham.
Seminars and tutorials
Small-group tutorials/personal tutorials run alongside lectures, allowing you to consolidate lecture material through discussion, and test your understanding through problem-solving exercises.
Independent study alongside your time in the classroom is an essential part of the degree and requires motivation and enthusiasm for your subject. It allows you to pursue your own lines of enquiry, inspired by the taught content, and become an independent thinker.
Lecturers and world leading researchers
Throughout your degree you will be taught by lecturers who have worked in the field of political science and international relations as well as world leading researchers. You can learn more about the staff in the school by visiting the School of Government staff pages.
This degree is taught by our internationally renowned Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), located in the Muirhead Tower on our main Edgbaston campus.
Departments from across the School of Government are all based within Muirhead Tower. The space has been designed to create modern, attractive spaces for teaching and research accommodating 150 academic offices, 230 'hubs' for post graduate research students, teaching rooms for up to 100 people and a 200-seat lecture theatre.
Your lectures and teaching will take place in a variety of versatile lecture theatres and breakout rooms. Our rooms are all equipped with wireless connection and constantly updated technology including all the audio-visual equipment that you would expect from one of the UK's premier institutions.