Why choose Sheffield?
We're proud to be one of the UK's leading departments for research and teaching in politics and international relations.
Why study Politics at Sheffield?
Our students share their stories of why they decided to study politics, why they chose the University of Sheffield, and what they got up to during their time here.Read more student stories
Politics in Sheffield
Sheffield's famous Documentary Film festival, where you can catch Political films, networking events, and cutting edge exhibitions at the cross roads of art, politics, and technology.
Festival of Debate
The largest annual politics festival in the UK, including talks, debates, performances, Q&As, speeches and more. All centred around Politics, Economics, and Society.
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.
How International Relations led me to become a Sky News Reporter
News Reporter, Sky News, BA International Relations and Politics
I knew Sheffield was where I wanted to go
Co-founder and Director, Deltapoll, BA Politics
No.1 Students Union
5 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 5 years running in the Whatuni Student choice awards!
Guardian University Guide
In the Guardian University Guide for 2023 we ranked 9th 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!
An Affordable City
The Royal Bank of Scotland's Student Living index has found Sheffield to be one of the top 5 most affordable cities for students in the UK.