Students Staff

Our research


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Leading political science research in Europe

Over the past 45 years we have built a solid reputation as the best political science department in the UK and rest of Europe, achieving the top rating in all six Research Excellence Frameworks (REF), the only department to achieve this.

We are top in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014) with the majority of our research rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

We are also ranked among the top 40 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2018).

World-class research

Our University is ranked 7th in the world according to the number of publications in leading political science journals (2008-13).

Ranking Institution Number of publications
1 Princeton 107
2 Harvard 106
3 Yale 104
4 Michigan 99
5 Stanford 83
6 Columbia 72
7 Essex 70
8 San Diego 67
9 Maryland 65
10 NYU 63


Over the last five years alone, we have published more articles in leading journals than any other European political science department:

We have also published 131 articles in other journals included in the Social Science Citation Index. See individual academic staff profiles for full lists of the publications of all our staff or search our research repository. You can also use our postgraduate research finder to search by staff research interest.

Our research divisions

Our research focuses on central themes which provide a structure to our research divisions: