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Politics and International Studies courses

Get to the core of current political thinking. The School of Politics and International Studies sits within the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics.


The breadth of expertise from our Politics and International Studies staff enables us to offer highly respected undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as well as a renowned research programme. We have expertise in the fields of international relations, security studies, legislative studies, the politics of the European Union, political economy, globalisation and global governance, and political theory.

Politics at Hull is ranked 3rd in the UK for Course Satisfaction* and 8th in the UK for Teaching Quality and top ten for Teaching Quality and Student Experience.

Foundation year

Gives you the skills and knowledge for entry on to a degree if you don’t quite meet the academic entry requirements.

Study abroad

We have partnerships with universities across the globe. Depending on your course, you can study for one trimester, or a full year, in another country.

Industrial placement

Work in industry as part of your degree. Depending on your course, you can spend part of your degree on placement. See your course page for specific details.

Integrated Masters

Some courses combine undergraduate and postgraduate study. The integrated Masters year is an extra year after your standard degree.


  • Politics

    Focus on the most important topics and debates in past and contemporary politics whilst questioning conventional wisdom and your own preconceived ideas.

  • British Politics and Legislative Studies

    A specialised and unique course with a 12-month placement in Westminster, through which you'll gain an in-depth understanding of British parliamentary procedures and behaviours.

  • History and Politics

    Enhance your knowledge of the human experience over the long term, to apply historical insights to the study of politics and governance today.

  • Law with Politics

    Study a qualifying law degree while gaining insight into how the law works in different political systems.

  • Philosophy and Politics

    Learn how to engage, debate, influence and lead. This programme teaches you to think about matters of fundamental importance from a wider perspective.

  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics

    Take on the challenge of this classic combined programme to gain a wider perspective on modern society.

  • Politics and International Relations

    Explore the themes and issues which drive 21st-century world politics. Our Politics and International Relations degree takes you behind the headlines to gain expertise in international affairs.

  • War and Politics

    Learn why war has been described as "the continuation of politics by other means" and is said by some to be the single most important social activity that humanity has ever undertaken.

Postgraduate Taught

Postgraduate Research


"What made my mind up was the staff and how knowledgeable and engaging they were."

Edward Chapman
War and Security Studies

Why study at Hull?

From your first steps on campus until the day you graduate and beyond, we’re always working to bring you the very best experience, which means there are loads of reasons to make Hull the place to launch your career in politics. Take a look at just some of the benefits you’ll get when studying Politics and International Studies at Hull:


We offer the UK's largest integrated Westminster placement scheme - providing students on all our undergraduate politics degrees with unmatched access to the corridors of power.


There's a chance for students to visit Brussels as part of their degree, where they will get to see the inner workings of the European Union.


Our other politics degrees give you the option to complete one-trimester internship in Westminster. That also gets you an invite to our exclusive seminar series, featuring presentations by senior Parliamentary officials.

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Our Research

We're at the forefront of Politics research, with our expertise and our interdisciplinary approach setting us apart.

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The employment prospects for Politics and International Studies students are great - recent roles that our graduates have taken up have included Senior Assistant in the Prime Minister’s Political Office, Director of Communications for the Financial Times, Member of Parliament, and Head of Political Communications for the Labour Party

While you're studying, our Student and Graduate Centre for Professional Success is here to improve your chances of success. Working in tandem with the University's Careers and Employability service, we're committed to connecting our students with a wide range of employment-related opportunities, offering them the possibility to use their learning and skills to make a real difference.

* UK domicile full-time first degree leavers, Graduate Outcomes survey for the academic year 2017/18, published by HESA 2020.

Centre for Professional Success Careers and Employability service

89% of students are in work or further study 15 months after graduating*


Our Facilities

Facilities at the University of Hull are among the best in the field and are benefitting from considerable investment to make our overall offer second to none. We're always looking for new technologies and new ways to enhance the experience for both students and businesses.

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International Opportunities

To help you build an international perspective into your future academic or professional career, we provide a wide range of opportunities to experience the global business environment. Many Politics and International Studies students are given the opportunity to gain valuable international experience as part of their degree. Options include a year abroad or a short summer school at one of our many partner institutions.

See where your degree can take you

Study at one of many of our international partner instituitons, in countries right across the world



Business Engagement

We work with local and regional businesses to provide a range of services, from formal training to conference spaces. See how we can help your business.

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Now see for yourself

The best way to see if the University of Hull is right for you is to come and visit us. We hold Open Days throughout the year. Book your place now - we'd love to meet you.

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* The Guardian University Rankings 2023

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

(10th) The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

Contact us

School of Politics and International Studies
  • University of Hull
  • Hull, UK
  • HU6 7RX