Department of Political Science



The Department of Political Science began as Britain’s only Department focused on graduate teaching and research and is recognised as one of the leading Departments of politics, not just in the UK but globally.

With over ninety academic staff, research and teaching fellows, we are focused on delivering world-leading research, innovative education programmes, and influencing. In the Times Higher World Rankings 2020, UCL Social Sciences was ranked 11 (up from 14 in 2019).

Our ten Masters degrees and doctoral training programme offer a range of opportunities for post-graduate study. With over 500 students, we offer one of the largest politics graduate programmes in the UK. In recent years, we have extended our teaching to undergraduates with a policy and methods focused PPE degree, keeping up with UCL’s founding tradition in political economy. Our new BSc in Politics and International Relations degree programme offers an innovative curriculum which will equip students with the skills to think critically, conduct high-quality research, and analyse data in addressing today’s global policy challenges.
In addition to our specialist teaching programmes, we act as a gateway between UCL’s world class research and the policy making community in Britain and internationally. We host weekly public seminars featuring distinguished external speakers and hold regular high-profile events for academics, policymakers, and others. 

Located in Tavistock Square, one of London’s most beautiful squares, our close proximity to Westminster and many other key areas in London make it a fantastic place to study politics. Please use our website and view our video above to discover more about our teaching and research excellence, the student experience, our facilities and all that we have to offer.