Glasgow's distinguished history of teaching politics began in the 1760s, when Adam Smith gave a series of lectures on justice, police, revenue and arms at the University.

Today we are one of the UK's leading institutions for political studies, with strengths in the key sub-fields of the discipline:

  • comparative politics
  • international relations
  • political theory

Our teaching is research-led but student centred, which means that if you study with us you can expect small class sizes, the chance to develop and defend arguments in a rigorous and analytical manner, and opportunities to engage in constructive debate.

Our high level of research was reflected in the 2014 REF in which Glasgow was ranked 4th in Scotland, with 66% of outputs assessed to be internationally excellent or better.