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Politics and International RelationsPart of Economic, Social and Political SciencePostgraduate study

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Choose Southampton and you will become part of a strong postgraduate research and taught student community, work collaboratively with internationally-respected academics and be a part world-leading research as it happens. If you choose to study at Southampton you will gain access to state-of-the-art facilities, expert support services and a wide range of training and development opportunities.

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The Division of Politics & International Relations is part of Economic, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Southampton, one of the UK's top 10 research universities. The Division was founded in October 1963, although politics had been taught in Southampton as part of a general social science degree since 1945.

We are among the foremost politics divisions in the UK, achieving excellent scores in teaching evaluations and consistently good student feedback scores. Our Division houses scholars of national and international standing, who are all actively engaged in research. Our masters degrees have long been recognised as innovative and academically rigorous by external assessors, and we are committed to continually improving our education provision, for instance by introducing imaginative new modules.

World-class research centre
As one of the UK's top 10 research-led universities, it is inevitable that we are home to world-class research centres. In October 2009, we launched an exciting new research initiative, C2G2 (the Centre for Citizenship, Globalization and Governance). C2G2 aims to merge the insights from political science, political theory and international relations and to draw in participants from across Economic, Social and Political Sciences, the University and beyond to focus on pressing issues relating to the exercise of power, cooperation, security, inequality and democracy. C2G2 has five areas of work:

C2G2 is particularly active in engaging postgraduate students in its activities. Economic, Social and Political Sciences has a thriving postgraduate community, attracting a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds. It has an established record of postgraduate supervision for research leading to the degrees of MPhil and PhD, and innovative MSc programmes. Our excellence in postgraduate research training has been acknowledged by the ESRC, which has granted us mode A recognition.

Internationally renowned staff
We are home to a number of internationally renowned political scientists and political theorists, who combine to make our Division one of the leading politics divisions in the UK. We enjoy considerable success in securing research funding from bodies such as the Leverhulme Trust and the ESRC. Our academics are frequently invited to participate in prestigious overseas conferences, and are also sought out by government bodies and think-tanks for consultation and advice. We engage extensively with a range of political science organisations: for example, our academics founded and now convene two of the specialist research groups in the UK Political Studies Association, Citizenship and Politics and Parliaments and Legislatures, each of which holds regular conference panels and research events attended by leading scholars from the UK and further afield.

Lively academic culture
We offer a dynamic environment in which to study. We regularly run seminars, host visiting speakers and organise innovative activities to encourage communication between students and staff. A prime example of this is the weekend conference we hold each year at Cumberland Lodge in Great Windsor Park, exclusively for our postgraduate students, where we explore various themes in contemporary political studies in a relaxed environment, and promote discussion and debate between staff and students.

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SUPA events offer a really good connection between students and the work place and on top of what the University already offers for careers support.
Ed PocockBsc Politics

University of Southampton Politics Society (SUPA)

We nurture excellent staff/student relations by participating in social events and field trips.

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