Exeter has one of the best all round Politics departments in the UK.
Students enjoying the superb facilities at the University of Exeter campus in Cornwall.

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About the Department of Politics

The University of Exeter has one of the best all round Politics departments in the UK offering an exciting range of programmes at the Streatham Campus in Exeter and at our Cornwall Campus near Falmouth.

The Politics department was ranked 9th for Politics in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014, the UK government’s main measure of quality of universities’ research, Politics was 5th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research.Research income has grown with major awards from the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Commission and Leverhulme Trust.

We excel in research and teaching across all the main areas of political science including international relations, political theory, public policy and administration, comparative politics, public opinion and political behaviour and offer a wide range of degree programmes.

One of the members of the politics department, Professor Sir Steve Smith, is the University’s Vice-Chancellor. He is coeditor of The Globalisation of World Politics which has become the standard text in the field and is ‘the politics bestseller’ (The Independent). According to Professor Sir Smith, “Politics and international relations is one of the strengths of the University. We are committed to continuing to strengthen politics and international relations so that it becomes one of the very best groupings in the UK”.

Research in Politics

Research by members of the Department is funded by leading research councils and is used by governments and networks around the world. There is a strong research culture in the department, which is reflected in our regular seminars and workshops and visits from internationally renowned scholars.

Postgraduate study

Whether you are considering doing an MA or a PhD, Exeter University is an ideal place to undertake further study in politics. We have a thriving postgraduate community with over 80 Masters students each year and currently more than 60 PhD students. 

Undergraduate study

Politics is an inclusive department with a diverse and lively student community and is committed to delivering high quality programmes, introducing a range of theories, countries and debates in ways that are intellectually stimulating and innovative. Our teaching is research-led and all third year options are seminars focused on the specialist areas of staff members. Students have the opportunity to study abroad. You will receive strong tutorial support throughout your studies, produce impressive degree results and experience good post-graduation employment rates.

1 Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*
QS World Rankings 2016 
Based on the percentage of Politics undergraduate students in each destination category six months after graduation: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE) of 2013/14 graduates
4 Value of bursary depends on length of placement
5 Percentage of Politics and International Relations students who agreed they were satisfied