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Why study International Relations at Edinburgh

Ranked amongst the UK's top 10

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 45% of our research in this area was ranked 3* internationally excellent and a further 10% rated 4* world-leading, placing the University in the top 10 for Politics and International Studies.

Home to leading centres of excellence

The School of Social and Political Science is home to several established research institutes, including the Europa Institute (one of the most active centres on European Integration in Europe), the Academy of Government, and the Just World Institute.

Inspirational teaching

At Edinburgh, you'll have the opportunity to draw upon the expertise of leading academics and researchers who combine inspirational teaching with cutting edge research.

Flexibility and choice

We believe that breadth of study is just as important as depth. Study with us, and you'll have the opportunity to elect courses from across the College of Humanities and Social Science and further afield. You'll gain new skills and develop different ways of thinking.

Study abroad

Take the opportunity to study abroad in your third year through the ERASMUS programme or the University's International Exchange Programme. Studying abroad is an invaluable opportunity to experience a different society, culture and political system while furthering your studies.

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