Politics and International Relations (PIR)
We’re one of the largest and most exciting subject areas in the University, home to over 600 top undergraduates and 100 international postgraduate students every year.
Our teaching and supervision is research-led, which means that courses at all levels are delivered by scholars active in research in their respective fields.
Our aim is to produce research at the highest international standards, consolidating our position as one of the leading international locations for research on subjects such as multilevel governance, European integration and global politics.
Find out more about our team of academic colleagues, PhD students and professional services staff who keep our department running smoothly.
You can find us in the Chrystal Macmillan Building in George Square - right at the heart of the central campus. Busy all year round, George Square is also home to performers and artists during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.
Experts discuss Northern Ireland in new episode of Constitutionally Sound
In the latest episode of the Centre on Constitutional Change’s podcast Constitutionally Sound, host Allan Little discusses Northern Ireland with political sociology expert Katy Hayward and former Chief British Government Negotiator on Northern Ireland, Jonathan Powell.
SPS staff recognised for outstanding teaching at the EUSA Teaching Awards 2021
Edinburgh University Students' Association announced the winners of its 2021 Teaching Awards yesterday, with colleagues at the School of Social and Political Science (SPS) picking up awards for Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Course, for the course Race and Ethnicity.
Professor McEwen named as 2021 Royal Society of Edinburgh fellow
The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has announced its newly elected 2021 fellows, including Professor Nicola McEwen from the School of Social and Political Science (SPS).
SPS staff awarded for their contribution to the study of British politics
Staff at the School of Social and Political Science have been awarded prestigious prizes by the Political Studies Association, including for the best political science book of 2020, for outstanding teaching and for distinctive contributions to the study of British politics.
Annual conference: Parliaments and Security: Workshop on Parliaments and Security
Join SPS' Centre for Security Research for an online conference, taking stock of the current understanding of parliaments and security, showcase cutting-edge work in this area, and setting an agenda for future research.