Our departments

In numbers

  • 1st
    in REF2021 for Politics research
    (Times Higher Education)
  • 1st
    in Scotland for Politics
    (The Times Good University Guide 2023)
  • 6th
    in the UK for Politics
    (The Times Good University Guide 2023)
  • 89%
    for Research Quality
    (The Complete University Guide 2023)

Unparalleled insight into what shapes our world

The School of Government and Public Policy combines world-class teaching and research that explore political systems and institutions throughout the world and how they inter-relate. Graduates leave our programmes with a thorough and nuanced understanding of political science, policymaking and practical approaches to political problems.

Our graduates also gain transferable skills in research and analysis and go on to pursue careers in government, civil service, consultancy firms, banks, NGOs, SMEs and start-ups. Others find our courses ideal preparation for doctoral research and careers in academia. 

The foundation of our work is a vigorous research culture. Our Research Excellence Framework 2021 submission was the highest-rated in the UK, with 62% of research rated world-leading and 100% of the impact rated outstanding.


Our students

EPSA 2023

22nd - 24th June 2023 - Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow

The University of Strathclyde will host the 13th annual European Political Science Association conference. Programme co-chairs are Dr Despina Alexiadou (University of Strathclyde) and Professor Ken Benoit (LSE).

Set to be the largest ever EPSA Conference, it will consist of a mix of world-leading political science research, engagement through professional events, roundtables, networking functions and an outstanding social programme.