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


Our world-class buildings such as the award-winning EEE building, interdisciplinary Mountbatten complex and the Life Sciences building have contributed to the University of Southampton’s status as one of the best learning environments in the UK. These facilities are a result of an investment of £200 million.

Key facts

The University provides a wealth of social, arts and leisure facilities for students.

Off campus, you will find all the transport, shopping and leisure facilities you would expect from a multicultural city with a population of over 200,000 people.

Wireless and networked high-speed internet access is widely available across all campuses and in all five libraries.

IT facilities

Clusters of Windows and UNIX workstations are provided on our teaching and residential campuses. On the Highfield Campus there is approximately one workstation to 15 taught students.

Students are provided with printing facilities, internet and email, and access to a range of over 140 software packages, including computer-based training products. Support for both staff and students is provided by helpdesks and a telephone/email helpline, available for nine hours each working day.

The Economic, Social and Political Sciences intranet (SocSciNet) aims to make learning and teaching resources more easily accessible to students and to facilitate the development of IT skills. Material for six modules online is accessible through SocSciNet.

Pastoral support

Your personal tutor will act as your primary contact for support and advice on all academic, organisational and personal matters. The personal tutor system also provides an important avenue for feedback on student experience of the Division's teaching, programmes, policies and procedures. The convenor of your programme will also act as your personal tutor.

You are required to meet with your personal tutor on at least two occasions: once early during the first semester and again during the second semester. Further meetings should be arranged whenever you feel in need of advice or support. Personal tutors are available for tutorial interviews during their 'office hours', which are posted on their doors. However, you can arrange other times by contacting them directly.

Learning spaces

The larger lecture theatres are equipped with data and video projectors, and the University has recently substantially increased the annual budget for teaching space refurbishment. Space for independent study is provided in the library and in the halls of residence.

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The friendly, yet determined atmosphere of the campus, the students and the staff attracted me to Southampton.
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