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’ Marc Geddes awarded an ERC Starting Grant for his work exploring the relationship between parliament and knowledge
School of Social and Political Science (SPS) academic Dr Marc Geddes has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant for research exploring the relationship between parliament and knowledge.
SPS academic co-authors new report warning that ‘muscular unionism’ approach to devolved nations risks backfiring across the UK
SPS' academic Professor Ailsa Henderson is one of the leads on a new report, which warns that the ‘muscular unionism’ approach to governance adopted by many Westminster politicians in recent years risks backfiring among those who want Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to remain part of the UK.
New university partnership explores how critical maritime infrastructures can be protected
A new university research partnership will explore how critical maritime infrastructures can be protected to tackle environmental issues and ensure the movement from a carbon-based economy to a more sustainable one, otherwise known as the ‘green transition’.
Elizabeth Bomberg wins EUSA Teaching Award
Elizabeth Bomberg, a Professor of Environmental Politics at the School of Social and Political Science (SPS), has won a Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) Teaching Award for Outstanding Commitment to Social Justice and Sustainability.