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. A good grounding in politics at Southampton is invaluable for individuals who want an interesting and rewarding career.

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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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Making Methods Matter: Enhancing Experience, Embedding Employability

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

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Working across the divisions for research excellence

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Much of our work is carried out in Social Sciences' network of respected research centres.

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Centre for Citizenship, Globalization and Governance

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Focusing on the central political questions of today's world about power, cooperation, security, inequality and democracy

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Latest News

  • 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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  • 2014/05/14

    Hone your research skills to satisfy your curiosity

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Real-world issues

Our research focuses on pressing political issues relating to the exercise of power, cooperation, security, inequality and democracy.


Meet our students

Rupert Bailey

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“I think the department we’ve got here in Politics and International Relations is fantastic. They are very welcoming, they’ve got a great breadth of expert knowledge, and I think they are going from strength to strength in terms of the experts that are joining the team.”

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