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 with 66% of outputs assessed to be internationally excellent or better.

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