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.
SPS report finds the roles of parliamentary select committees are changing in pursuit of ‘good evidence’
Evidence use by parliamentary select committees is changing as their functions are evolving to not only provide government scrutiny but also offer further opportunities for public participation, according to new research.
Professor Nicola McEwen nominated for ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize
Professor Nicola McEwen is among the 12 finalists in the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) prestigious Celebrating Impact Prize.
Edinburgh academic recognised for outstanding research on the Middle East
SPS’ Dr Jamie Allinson has been awarded the Fred Halliday Award, a prize that recognises outstanding mid-career scholars researching the Mediterranean and/or the Middle East.
Remote academic support for PhD students affected by the war on Ukraine
Academics beyond Borders is now calling for applications from PhD students enrolled in Ukrainian universities. There are 14 remote places available for candidates whose research at their home universities is being affected by the war on Ukraine. All places are funded by the University of Edinburgh and require no fees from any students accepted onto the scheme.
Relevance and Relation of Decolonial Studies in Methodology
This seminar will explore decolonial perspectives in crafting research design.
Writing for Non-Academic Audiences
In this workshop, we will hear from editors and authors who work for and with publications targeted at a general audience.
After their presentations, there will be an opportunity for discussion.
Publishing an Academic Monograph
In this workshop, we will hear from editors of publishing houses in the social sciences, and of academics working with them. After their presentations, there will be an opportunity for discussion.