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 a leading centre for teaching and researching Politics and International Relations in the UK. We comprise more than 40 teaching and research staff and are distinctive for our concentrations of expertise in:
- Comparative Politics – the quality of democracy, authoritarianism, immigration and refugees
- International Relations – emotions, war and the European Union’s external relations
- Area Studies – the politics of China, Russia, Southern Europe and Latin America, in some of which we work closely with colleagues in Central and East European Studies.
If you study with us, you will learn from a diverse, international community of researchers who are leaders in their fields. Our teaching is research-led but student-centred. You will learn not only how to understand and analyse politics, but also how to develop your analytical and communication skills, defend rigorous arguments and engage in constructive debate.
Subject league tables
UK top 20
Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide [Politics]