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Prospective Undergraduate Study

Named as one of the UK’s ‘Big Five’ politics departments by the Political Studies Association, PAIS (Politics and International Studies) is one of the largest and most highly regarded departments of our kind in the UK, with a global reputation for research excellence and dedication to teaching and learning.

We are widely recognised as one of the Top 5 ranking departments in the UK for research excellence, consistently sit within the Top 10 in university league tables and have high levels of student satisfaction.

As a PAIS student, you will work with experts on a wide variety of topics within politics and international studies. Whether you stay within one of our four research clusters or go for a cross-cluster approach, you will have the freedom to cross 'traditional' subject lines in order to explore issues that matter to you. With people from over 40 countries, our community has an atmosphere of diverse opinion and mutual support where lively debate and exploration of hot issues from multiple viewpoints is the norm.