Politics and International Relations (PIR)
We’re one of the largest and most exciting subject areas in the University, home to over 600 top undergraduates and 100 international postgraduate students every year.
Our teaching and supervision is research-led, which means that courses at all levels are delivered by scholars active in research in their respective fields.
Our aim is to produce research at the highest international standards, consolidating our position as one of the leading international locations for research on subjects such as multilevel governance, European integration and global politics.
Find out more about our team of academic colleagues, PhD students and professional services staff who keep our department running smoothly.
You can find us in the Chrystal Macmillan Building in George Square - right at the heart of the central campus. Busy all year round, George Square is also home to performers and artists during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.
SPS student recognised by fellow Mexicans for outstanding contribution to social science
School of Social and Political Science student Omar Loera has been awarded the 2021 Carlos Fuentes Award, for his outstanding academic achievements and research contributions to the social sciences during his PhD.
SPS graduate wins best PhD thesis in the field of gender and politics
Congratulations to Dr Ashlee Christoffersen, whose PhD thesis has been named the year’s best from across Europe in the field of gender and politics.
Experts discuss Northern Ireland in new episode of Constitutionally Sound
In the latest episode of the Centre on Constitutional Change’s podcast Constitutionally Sound, host Allan Little discusses Northern Ireland with political sociology expert Katy Hayward and former Chief British Government Negotiator on Northern Ireland, Jonathan Powell.
SPS staff recognised for outstanding teaching at the EUSA Teaching Awards 2021
Edinburgh University Students' Association announced the winners of its 2021 Teaching Awards yesterday, with colleagues at the School of Social and Political Science (SPS) picking up awards for Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Course, for the course Race and Ethnicity.