Social Sciences: Politics & International Relations

Leading politicians may clash in parliament and the media, but the substance and evolution of political theory and systems are even more interesting.

We are interested in the political dimensions of key issues, including migration, human rights, global warming, pandemics and energy. These challenges cannot be contained or addressed within national boundaries.

We offer numerous opportunities for people interested in probing beyond the soundbites and manifestos, and we are second in the Russell Group for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2015).  A good grounding in politics at Southampton is invaluable for individuals who want an interesting and rewarding career.

Real-world issues

Working across divisions

In a rapidly-changing world, our research explores political theories and responses to global challenges.

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Making Methods Matter

Student video for Making Methods Matter research

Designed to improve the teaching and learning of research methods in politics and international relations.

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C2G2: Centre for Citizenship, Globalization and Governance

People looking around in a crowd

Research centre focusing on the topical political issues about power, cooperation, security, inequality and democracy.

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After your degree


A degree in politics or international relations from the University of Southampton can open doors to a broad range of careers.

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Jon Sopel helps us celebrate 50 years of Social Sciences

The University of Southampton’s Social Sciences department has been celebrating 50 years with a series of lectures and a special event for alumni. Reporting from outside the Whitehouse, BBC North America Editor and Southampton Politics alumnus Jon Sopel shares his memories and sends a message to our future graduates.

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  • 2015/07/15

    Politics professor honoured with lifetime achievement award

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  • 2015/03/12

    Fully-funded PhD Scholarship, "Fairness, Common Heritage and The International Seabed Authority"

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  • 2014/12/23

    REF 2014: Politics ranked 5th for research outputs in the UK

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