Department of Political Science



If you are passionate about politics our undergraduate degrees aim to provide a broad and deep understanding of social and political phenomena. Our range of postgraduate taught degrees will allow you to develop an area of expertise in subjects ranging from Global Public Policy and Management to Democracy and Comparative Politics to Security Studies. The postgraduate research degree welcomes proposals with an interest in our core research themes of international relations, political economy, public policy and management, legal and political theory, comparative politics, and data analysis.

UCL University of the Year

2024 QS World University Rankings

UCL is ranked among the top ten in the QS World University Rankings 2024 and is winner of The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2024. Political Science is proud to deliver world class research and learning as part of our "historic, challenging and visionary" university.



Take a look at the our BSc in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) and the BSc in Political Science and International Relations (PIR). Here you will also find information regarding affiliate students, studying abroad, guidance about widening participation, and transition mentors.

Postgraduate Taught

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We have nine postgraduate taught degrees covering Public Policy, Management and Leadership, Democracy and Comparative Politics, Data Science, Global Governance and Ethics, Human Rights, Legal and Political Theory, and Security Studies.

Postgraduate Research


Here you will find all information regarding the Political Science MPhil/PhD programme, guidance on submitting your research proposal, information on supervisors and their interests, and links to UCL's Doctoral School. You can register your interest via UCL + Graduate.

Open Days

Open Day

Open days are a fantastic way to get a feel for UCL, meet staff and students, ask questions, and meet future colleagues. 

Life at Political Science

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Find out what life at Political Science is really like by viewing it through the eyes of students! Read blogs, the International Public Policy Review (IPPR), and look at upcoming events. You can also explore the extra support on offer and activities you can get involved in.

You Shaped the SPP

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Your feedback is vital to help us make changes for you and for future students. Find out how the suggestions you've made have resulted in positive change.


Moodle - Current Students

If you are already enrolled as a student at UCL then you can access Moodle, UCL's online education platform. On Moodle you can find learning materials, interact with your course by participating in activities such as quizzes and wikis, share thoughts and ideas in discussion forums, watch recorded lectures in Lecturecast, submit assessments through Turnitin and read resources.