The University of Southampton
Social Sciences: Politics & International RelationsPart of Social Sciences


Founded over 50 years ago, the Politics and International Relations (PAIR) department is recognised in the University for its innovative teaching methods and use of technology. This is reflected in strong National Student Survey scores where 99% of our students said that staff were good at explaining things as well as ranking first in the Russell Group (NSS 2016).

A politics degree gives a range of career options

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Being at university is an exciting and challenging time. Read what it's like to study politics and international relations at Southampton.

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We offer a range of international exchanges for our students and to overseas students interested in coming to the UK to study with us

Our courses give insight into political systems

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We offer a range of single and joint honours degrees providing insight into political systems, ideas and inquiry

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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.”

Rupert Bailey - BSc Politics and International Relations

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