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Government & Public Policy About us

We're recognised for our internationally-acclaimed research in political science and public policy, along with excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Here at Strathclyde, we've had a strong tradition of excellence in political research and education dating back to the 1970s.

Our students also consistently evaluate our courses positively.

We have three research centres within our department:

Within these research centres, we're looking at the efficiency and effectiveness of public policy, and how it's put to use. We're using this research to inform public policy which is having a positive impact on society every day.

Our school

Here in the School of Government & Public Policy, we're making a difference in society by working with and informing many external partners including governments within the UK, Europe and further afield, non-governmental organisations and organisations like the Scottish Youth Parliament.

We have a range of courses for prospective students to choose from. At undergraduate level, students have the opportunity to combine Politics with another subject offered within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, or through Strathclyde Business School. At postgraduate level, students have three options: International Relations, Political Research or Public Policy. We also offer the opportunity to study for an MPhil or a PhD in any of our available research areas.

Our research

Our research is supported by grants from a variety of funding bodies including research councils, national governments and international bodies, such as the OECD and the EU. We host visiting scholars and post-doctoral researchers from around the world, and regularly invite external speakers to take part in our seminar and lecture series. At the heart of our research is a focus on its impact on policy making and society.

We regularly host international conferences and workshops in partnership with learned societies such as the Political Studies Association, Regional Studies Association as well as organising meetings for European policymakers as part of EPRC’s EoRPA and IQ-Net consortia. We also have a vibrant visiting lecture, seminar and colloquium culture. In the past, this has involved senior politicians, ambassadors, civil servants and visiting scholars giving talks to our staff and students.

Our academics

Our academics are internationally recognised in their areas of expertise, including international relations, comparative political behaviour and public policies. As a School, we're highly international in terms of their experience and research. They regularly publish in top journals and university presses and consult for major national and international organisations. This strong international reputation enhances the prestige of all our courses, but in particular, postgraduate.

Most importantly, our academics are accessible to you. They teach with lectures at undergraduate level, in small seminar groups at postgraduate level, and advise students individually.

New and early career staff are offered mentoring support and the University provides a comprehensive system of career development through the Strathclyde Researcher Pathways programme and Research Leaders for Tomorrow Programme. At a senior level the Strathclyde Programme in Research and Leadership (SPIRAL) is a new initiative of master classes, which focuses upon the key challenges faced by senior researchers.

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Our students

Our students join us from around the world, creating a diverse student community that provides the opportunity to learn from different international perspectives.

Our students also have the opportunity to spend a year abroad at our partner institutions in Europe, North America, Australia and Hong Kong.

Our research students

Our current research students are working closely with our researchers on a range of interesting and exciting projects.

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We're ranked 1st in Scotland and 7th in the UK for research impact beyond academia

Our graduates

Our graduates go on to pursue careers in a variety of areas including international organisations such as the EU, non-governmental organisations, local and national governments, education, the media and business. Some go on to become academics themselves.

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