The workings of government are the cornerstone of any political science degree and when you study in the UK you’ll develop a detailed understanding of the reasoning and actions behind government actions. Many departments have expert teachers who have previously held posts in government, helping to give you the best possible practical insights into the subject.
Study political science in the UK
Dynamic political careers
The world of politics is constantly changing and if you want the skills, the knowledge and the analytical mindset to be successful in any political setting, the UK is the best possible place to acquire them.
One in four world leaders have studied in the UK, and every year we create some of the most employable graduates in the world. Our historic institutions are the ideal place to gain a global perspective on the history and future of political science, so you can begin laying the foundations for the career you want from day one.
World-class political insights
We’ve been pioneering political ideas for centuries and are home to three of the world’s best universities for political science. The University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics and Political Science are all among the most sought-after institutions for those keen to get a truly world-class political education.
An extraordinary political history
The UK is well-known as the country where modern democracy first took root during the 13th century, in the form of the world’s first elected parliament. The Palace of Westminster, which stands on the site of William the Conqueror's first palace, has a unique place in the world’s shared understanding of democracy and government. That history has allowed the UK to establish an unbeatable culture of excellence in political teaching.
From the prominent voices of the Enlightenment, such as John Locke and Thomas Hobbes, to the political visionaries and activists like Emmeline Pankhurst who helped to inspire modern political thinking, the world has always paid close attention to the UK perspective.
So if you want a global outlook and a truly global career, there’s nowhere better to study political science.
What to expect
A career that can take you anywhere
Whether you’re dreaming of rising to the top in your home country, or want to help shape the ways politics impacts on your society, you’ll be exposed to the best possible expertise here.
Graduates in political science are in high demand due to the high flexibility of their skills. Career paths can range from roles in local government or civil service to journalism consultancy, commerce or charitable work. So wherever you want to go, that success is ready and waiting, made possible in the UK.
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