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To influence public policy through high quality academic research

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The Department of Political Science / School of Public Policy is Britain's only department focused on Graduate teaching and research. It offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of all fields of politics, including international relations, political theory, human rights and public policy-making and administration.

Located in the magnificent Tavistock Square, one of London's most beautiful squares, we are entirely geared towards the needs of Masters and Doctoral students. Our eight Masters degrees and doctoral training programme are recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. With over 400 students, we offer one of the largest politics graduate programmes in the UK. Together with our eight Masters degrees and doctoral training programme, we also offer an exciting BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), which aims to provide breadth and depth in understanding social and political phenomena, as well as an Affiliate Programme in Political Science and International Relations. 

The School acts as the bridge between UCL's world-class research and the policy-making community in Britain and internationally. We have weekly seminars featuring distinguished external speakers that form a unique part of our teaching programme, and hold regular high profile events for policy makers and others that students may attend.

Our aims

  • To influence public policy through high quality academic research;
  • To educate current and future policy-makers through a comprehensive teaching programme;
  • To promote understanding of public policy-making and current public policy issues through a range of publications and seminars.

The School's academic discipline is political science, including the fields of international relations and political theory. From 2001, the School has built up a core faculty of many academic staff across these fields, with a Department of Political Science coming formally into being in 2005. In addition the Constitution Unit specialises in constitutional reform and comparative constitutional studies. It is independent and non-partisan, and the centre of a wide network of national and international experts.

The Rubin Building

Above: Image showing The Rubin Building in Tavistock Square, London.

With a core of 30 staff, plus numerous research and doctoral fellows, the School of Public Policy has an impressive research portfolio and teaching programme. Encompassing the fields of political science and public policy, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and human rights, it specialises in the study of the domestic and (increasingly) global dimensions of key political issues, notably:

  1. Governance, Regulation and Interest Groups
  2. Freedom, Security and Justice
  3. Constitutionalism, Democracy and Human Rights

The School collaborates with other sources of expertise in political science and political philosophy across UCL particularly the Bentham Project; the Centre for European Studies, the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies and the Department of Philosophy.

Given the multi-disciplinary nature of public policy and all aspects of the School's work, the School also collaborates in both teaching and research with other centres of excellence across UCL, particularly the Department of Economics, the Faculty of Law, the Medical School, the Department of Geography and the Department of Computer Science.

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School of Public Policy,
The Rubin Building,
29/31 Tavistock Square,
London, WC1H 9QU.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4999,
Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 4969,

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Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4982/4950

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