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Taught programmes

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  • FT / Full-time
  • PT / Part-time (over two years)
  • FX / Flexible mode of study available (up to five years)
  • DL / Distance-learning mode available

Political Science

UCL’s Department of Political Science is recognised as a centre of excellence in the field with our research rated among the top six in the UK (RAE 2008). In addition to leading research and teaching, the department also hosts a number of “policy in practice” talks with leading politicians every term and has an active student association that organises speaker and alumni events.

The Constitution Unit, located in the department, is also the UK’s foremost independent research body on constitutional reform. For those interested in interdisciplinary research, the department is affiliated with a number of leading research institutes at UCL such as the Institute for Human Rights, European Institute, the Institute of Global Governance, and the Environment Institute.

Taught and research programmes

Degree programme Qualifications Modes
Political Science MPhil/PhD FT3, PT5
Democracy and Comparative Politics MSc FT, PT
European Public Policy MSc FT, PT
Global Governance and Ethics MSc FT, PT
Human Rights MA FT, PT
International Public Policy MSc FT, PT
Legal and Political Theory MA FT, PT
Public Policy MSc FT, PT
Security Studies MSc FT, PT

Student/staff ratios

  • 29 staff
  • 378 taught students
  • 37 research students


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Alumni View

"I was able to develop my research interests into a more focussed package, which then helped me enormously when drafting my PhD research proposals."

John-Paul Salter

PhD Candidate, UCL School of Public Policy, 2011

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"I chose to apply for graduate study at UCL because the programme was extremely attractive, the supervisors that I was going to work with were great, and because the environment at my department fosters healthy competition and self-development."

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Degree: PhD