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Graduates from Politics & International Relations are in good company. Many Southampton social scientists are now in senior positions in companies and organisations around the world, using the analytical skills they developed while studying at Southampton.

Our alumni are now teachers and lecturers, policymakers and analysts and in many other professions across the public, private and third sectors.

The University of Southampton’s global community of over 183,000 alumni enjoys a wide range of benefits. You may be interested in our events programme both at home and abroad. Make sure you get our alumni magazines to stay informed about activities and achievements both in Politics & International Relations and the wider university community.

Keeping in touch

Link up with your former classmates at our events – find out more.

Using our services

There are advantages to being an alumnus of Politics & International Relations. Find out how you can benefit.

Key facts

The alumni network is a special way of sharing career experience and developing professional contacts.

The University has branches and groups in 173 countries.

Where are they now?

Find out what our alumni have to say about their time at Southampton and what they are doing now.

Photo of Rupert Bailey

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.

Rupert Bailey - BSc Politics and International Relations
Photo of Christopher Dignan

I really enjoyed my degree, especially studying politics, and was lucky to have fantastic tutors.

Christopher Dignan - BA Modern History and Politics
Photo of Councillor Paul Holmes

Not only did I receive a degree from an internationally recognised university, I also made some great friends.

Councillor Paul Holmes - BSc Politics and International Relations
Photo of Gloria Lintl

My Masters degree at the University of Southampton has considerably extended my analytical, argumentation and research skills, and has enabled me to critically analyse complex subjects and issues, which is an incredibly helpful skill at my current traineeship at the Europol HQ in the Hague.

Gloria Lintl - MSc Global Politics (2009-10)
Photo of Peter Morgan

University taught me that making friends and focusing on what you enjoy are the most important things.

Peter Morgan - BA Modern History and Politics
Photo of Hannah Payne

To be taught by academics who are leaders in their fields of expertise is motivating and stimulating.

Hannah Payne - BSc Politics and Economics
Photo of Rebecca Pryce

I got my internship because of Southampton's reputation. It has really offered the next step for me.

Rebecca Pryce - BSc Politics and International Relations
Photo of Greg Sandford

The variety of modules available in Social Sciences allowed me to shape my own degree.

Greg Sandford - BSc Politics
Photo of Professor Steve Smith

Throughout my time at Southampton I was lucky enough to have wonderful teachers who inspired their students with their passion for the subject.

Professor Steve Smith - BSc Politics and International Studies, MSc International Studies, PhD in international relations
Photo of Jon Sopel

The best part of the job is being in places where you think a little bit of history is unfolding and you’re there watching it.

Jon Sopel - BSc Politics and Sociology
Photo of Chris Stark

Opportunities come from things you don't expect at university, and you can pursue most interests even if you are starting off at the most basic level.

Chris Stark - BSc Politics
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