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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!
Based on REF 2014 results, the Times Higher Education ranked Strathclyde as number six in the UK and first in Scotland for research intensity in politics and international studies. 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.
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
As a political science scholar, I believe it's my duty to educate and inspire students in political science. My goal is to ensure that our students are able to leave our MSc programs and follow their passion in politics and public policy so that they may make a real-world difference.
Politics course leader
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.
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, India
The School 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.