Department profile

Political Science

UCL - University College London
2018/19 edition

About Political Science

UCL’s Department of Political Science / School of Public Policy began as Britain's only department focused on graduate teaching and research. The department 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, our ten Masters degrees and doctoral training programme offer a range of opportunities for post-graduate study. With over 450 students, we offer one of the largest politics graduate programmes in the UK.


Worldwide reputation:

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 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.

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Departments information:

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.


Future career prospects:

The provision of careers information is very important for our postgraduate students and so we work closely with UCL Careers and the Departmental Careers Tutor, Professor Robert Hazell to arrange a number of career events for students throughout the year.

Our past students have gone on to pursue careers within a range of sectors including: public administration and defence, international bodies and research and development. More information about careers

English language support:

If your main language is not English, the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) can offer you a wide range of part-time courses aimed at enhancing your English language skills and overall confidence. These courses are offered during the three academic terms, starting in October, January and May each year and include academic reading pronunciation & public speaking, advanced grammar and academic writing.


We are very accessible by tube.

  • Euston - Northern and Victoria Lines;
  • Euston Square - Hammersmith & City, Circle, and Metropolitan Lines;
  • Goodge Street - Northern Line;
  • King's Cross St Pancras - Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria, Hammersmith & City, Circle, and Metropolitan Lines;
  • Russell Square - Piccadilly Line;
  • Warren Street - Northern Line.

Visit our website for more information on accomodation, fees and funding, culture and how to apply.


Distinguished external speakers that form a unique part of our teaching programme. Please view the different events.

Guest Speakers

Contact details

+44 (0) 20 7679 4999
The School of Public Policy
Greater London
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