Why choose Sheffield?

We're proud to be one of the UK's leading departments for research and teaching in politics and international relations. Our staff are working at the cutting edge of the discipline on issues like Brexit, transgender politics, animal rights, environmentalism, populism and Middle East Politics.


Research-led teaching

A course to suit you

A degree that opens doors

A unique city

Research-led teaching

Our academic staff are all engaged in groundbreaking research and this inspires and shapes what you're taught on all levels of our programmes.  We think it's really important to your learning experience that research and teaching feed off one another. As a politics student, we will help you to develop skills and knowledge that you can apply to the analysis of today’s big political questions, and you will work alongside us in debating some of the most pressing contemporary questions in politics and international relations.

Our aim is to nurture your interest and expose you to new ideas and ways of thinking. We will give you the chance to explore the issues that excite you most, offer you opportunities to gain work experience and to study abroad, and provide you with the skills and experiences you need to realise your career ambition.

A course to suit you

We've designed our programmes to maximise flexibility. You'll gain solid foundations in theory, methods and analytical skills, whilst at the same time offering you the choice to specialise in the subject areas you find most interesting ensuring you get the most from your degree.  We are a large and diverse department with expertise across lots of different areas which means you'll have a wide range of modules to choose from.

Level 1 - Studying politics 

Your first year of studies is about introducing you to the key areas of the discipline, supporting you in making the transition to degree-level study and providing you with the knowledge and analytical skills you'll use throughout your time here.

Level 2 - Debating politics

This is when you'll have the chance to further develop your existing skills and apply them to real life political questions and issues.  By examining different approaches and perspectives we are equipping you with the skills to become an independent researcher.

Level 3 - Researching politics

We'll support you in carrying out your own research.  You'll choose taught modules and engage with us in learning about cutting-edge research that we're doing in the department. 

Studying politics at Sheffield really enables you to learn more about the political issues you care about.  You have a huge amount of module choice, and are able to work with academics who are at the top of their field - which is really valuable.

Rosie Apperley

International Relations and Politics BA

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A degree that opens doors

We know the way to make the best start as a graduate is to already have the valuable transferable skills and experience.  

We offer lots of opportunities for you to enhance your degree and university experience and make you stand out from the crowd when you graduate.  We want all our students to leave Sheffield with the skills and experience that employers are looking for. Opportunities we offer include:

  • Degree with a Placement Year
  • Degree with International Experience
  • Study abroad 
  • Learn a language
  • Internships and Volunteering

Find out more about international opportunities.

Find out more about enhancing your career prospects.

A unique city

Sheffield is vibrant and exciting - everything you would expect from one of the largest cities in the UK.  It's also England’s safest major city, according to the UK Peace Index, and our students often comment on how the people of Sheffield warmly welcome the student community.  

Sheffield is one of the UK’s top ten most affordable student cities (The Royal Bank of Scotland’s Student Living Index 2021).

Did you know Sheffield has a reputation as one of the greenest cities in Europe? We have plenty of parks and woodlands nestled throughout the city and the Peak District National Park on the doorstep - we have something for everyone!

What Sheffield has to offer


Advance Register for Clearing

We have places on our undergraduate courses this autumn. If you've already got your results you can apply now, or if you're still waiting for results get your name on the list by advance registering.