School of Social and Political Science

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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. But it also means that undergraduate as well as postgraduate students are encouraged to develop research interests of their own. All our students acquire research skills and use them to design and conduct independent inquiry.

Our undergraduate degrees explore key aspects of politics, political theory, public policy and international relations, and cover Europe, Russia, Africa and North America, as well as Scotland and the UK. Visit our undergraduate page for more information on the shape of our degrees and the career routes of our graduates. For more detailed information on our programmes, visit the links below.

More than 100 students annually join our range of taught master's degrees, including our long-running degree in International and European Politics, and degrees in International Relations, International Relations of the Middle East, Global Environment, Politics and Society, International Political Theory, and Nationalism Studies.

Students on research master's degrees design a major piece of research which forms the jumping-off place for their PhD, if they progress on to that level.

Our PhD graduates have gone on to win post-doctoral fellowships and secure lectureships at top-ranked UK and international universities. We have ESRC recognition for +3 and 1+3 PhDs and have a number of quota and competition awards annually. We are also able to offer PhD funding through annual School and College competitions.

If you are interested in pursuing a PhD with us, please consult the research supervision areas of members of staff before checking to see whether they have availability and are willing to take on new students.