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Our subjects Politics degrees

What is politics?

Politics looks at the work of governments and their policies. It affects the everyday lives of people everywhere, from education to healthcare, and how we grow our food to how we spend our money. 

Why study politics?

From constitutions to wars and terrorisms, politics covers a range of important issues. You'll look at the work of governments and their policies and study the behaviour of those who govern - and who they are governing - both at home and abroad. You'll also gain knowledge of domestic and international institutions and issues relating to conflict and cooperation.

Studying politics gives you the opportunity to learn how governments work, understand people and societies, and work to make positive change in the world.

Why study politics at Strathclyde?

Studying a politics degree at the University of Strathclyde, you'll be learning at an award-winning academic institution. The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow is an award-winning academic institution - the only to have won Times Higher Education University of the Year award twice!

We're ranked top ten in the UK for politics by the Complete University Guide Subject Tables 2022.

Postgraduate taught: work placements

Some of our MSc politics programmes offer a client-based project as a part of your dissertation research. See individual programme page for more information.


Top 10 for Politics. Complete University Guide League Tables 2022.

Postgraduate support

Access a wealth of support and resources for postgraduate study. Details on the application process, accommodation, fees and other useful information can be found here.    

Postgraduate support

Contact us

Prospective Student Enquiries
Tel: +44 (0) 141 444 8600
Mark Shephard
University of Strathclyde prides itself in being the place of useful learning and to that end we offer a range of MSc programmes combining methods training with subject-specific knowledge so that our students can equip themselves with skills to make a real-world difference.
Mark Shepherd
Department of Government & Public Policy

Our students

Urban Policy & Analysis student Oluwakemi Onibalusi

Oluwakemi Onibalusic, Nigeria

The highlight for me has been the lectures. I have learnt so much in a short while and as I mentioned earlier there is a huge improvement with my researching and essay writing skills. Also, I have met so many beautiful people regardless of attending classes online.
MSc Public Policy student Josh Box

Josh Box, England

MSc Public Policy

Staff and lecturers always go out of their way to help, whether face-to-face, through Skype or e-mail. Student support services are also very good, as are the finance department who have given me invaluable support and advice.
Kusum Vishwakarma PhD Politics student

Kusum Vishwakarma, India

Politics (PhD)

The Department of Government and Public Policy follows an excellent interdisciplinary approach of combining ideas and practical knowledge through real world engagement. It has an impressive setup with different Centres functioning in collaboration which allows one to explore ones research skills, learn and act to ones capabilities which definitely enhances the overall experience.