Politics and International Relations

  • 5th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research
  • 9th for Politics in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
  • Top 100 worldwide for the subject in the QS World University Rankings 2019
  • Extensive range of research expertise across all politics disciplines including security, international relations, public policy and political theory
  • 20th for Public Administration in the 2019 Shanghai Rankings
  • MSc Applied Social Data Science provides advanced applied social data science training in issues of data use, data sharing, transparency, and accountability. Scholarships available

The University of Exeter has one of the best all round Politics departments in the UK. We excel in research and teaching across all the main areas of political science including international relations, political theory, public policy and administration, comparative politics, public opinion and political behaviour.

We have grown significantly in recent years and our reputation for high quality research has helped us recruit staff with excellent records, providing us with a breadth and depth of expertise. Research income has grown with major awards from the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Commission and Leverhulme Trust. The department's strong research culture is reflected in our regular seminars and workshops and visits from internationally renowned scholars.

We have a thriving postgraduate community with over 80 Masters students each year and currently more than 60 PhD students.

Our varied taught programmes provide advance study across a range of interests, and we support MPhil/PhD and Masters by Research across a diverse range of topics with good opportunities for funding.

We also offer the Exeter MPA which is designed to help you meet the challenge of shaping and delivering effective public services.