Why choose Sheffield?

We're proud to be one of the UK's leading departments for research and teaching in politics and international relations.


A politics degree from Sheffield can set you apart from everyone else. At Sheffield you'll have amazing opportunities to get involved with extracurriculars, career guidance and mentor schemes, international experiences, placement years, and more. Our degree programmes are designed so that students can tailor their course to their own interests and career aspirations giving you the skills and confidence to go wherever you want.

Find out more about the paths our students have taken after graduation below.

Why Sheffield?

No.1 Students Union

6 years running

From societies and clubs, sports, and entertainment to representation and student voice Sheffield Students' Union is here to make sure nothing stands in your way. Our Students union has been voted No.1 Students' Union in the country for 6 years running in the Whatuni Student choice awards!

Sheffield Students' Union


Guardian University Guide

In the Guardian University Guide for 2024 we ranked 8th in the UK for International Relations!

Research Excellence Framework

94 per cent of our research in the Department of Politics and International Relations is rated in the highest two categories in REF 2021 as well as 92 per cent of our research being classed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

A city for you

A Green City

Sheffield has a reputation as one of the greenest cities in the UK. With over 60% of the city being green space and the Peak District right on your doorstep, don't be afraid to get your boots dirty!

A University city

The big city vibe that feels like home. Sheffield has lots to discover with two universities in the city, you'll be right in the middle of a vibrant student community.

A guide to Sheffield