Department of Political Science


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Research at The Department of Political Science

The Department's status as one of Britain's leading centres for research in Political Science was confirmed by the publication of the results of the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise. UCL's Department of Political Science ranked 5th on Times Higher GPA and 2nd on the Times Higher Subject Ranking on Intensity, the Guardian’s subject ranking, as well as on other measures. The department's performance contributed to a very strong performance by UCL overall. UCL had an overall research power greater than both the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.  

In line with the School's aim to carry out high quality academic research that influences public policy, the School is involved in a wide range of academic research and policy-oriented work.

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Research Sub-Fields

The Department's research reflect key themes and provide a platform for developing multi-disciplinary research links, as well as for connecting research with the practice.

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Research Centres

Within each cluster, members of staff undertake significant empirical research and knowledge exchange activities.
A distinctive feature of the research across the groups is the cross-over between conceptual and practical dimensions of research. This reflects a concern with the relevance and impact of research on business and policy communities.

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Funded Projects

The Political Science Department is home to several major funded research projects and professional activities, many of which integrate undergraduate and graduate students into the faculty-led research process.

Our research covers a broad range of topics, including research methods, data analysis and visualization, the European Union, civil conflict and international public policy.

Also see our Past Research projects.