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 academic involved in new £10 million hub for behavioural research
A School of Social and Political Science (SPS) team led by Professor Oliver Escobar is involved in a new UK hub for behavioural research, which aims to help tackle societal and economic challenges.
SPS student wins prestigious Political Studies Association essay prize
School of Social and Political Science (SPS) student Phoebe Lagard has won the Political Studies Association Specialist Group on Parliaments annual Undergraduate Essay Competition.
Welfare supporters better informed than sceptics, study by SPS researchers suggests
People who support greater state involvement in delivering services know more about economics and welfare provision than those favouring smaller government, research led by a team from the School of Social and Political Science (SPS) suggests.
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.
RTC Talking Methods - Mixed Methods & Policy Analysis in Education Research
Reflecting on inclusion and belonging among migrant pupils in Sweden, Finland and Scotland, by Dr Nataša Pantić and Dr Cecilia Gialdini.
Consultancy and Beyond: Working with Private and Third Sectors
Edinburgh Innovations is dedicated to "making ideas work for a better world". Whether you're interested in undertaking research work on a consultancy basis...
How is digital transformation changing the future of work and skills?
In this public discussion event, leading experts in their field offer insights about current and potential future transformations of employment and education.