Politics & IR at the University of Dundee

When you join Politics & International Relations at Dundee, you'll be welcomed into a close-knit community.  While we are big enough to have a real international presence, we are still small and intimate enough to offer a friendly and responsive home for students from all backgrounds. We work hard to make sure that you feel at home, and are able to achieve your very best.

In the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS) we ranked 2nd in Scotland for overall student satisfaction, and students also expressed a high level of satisfaction in the individual NSS themes with the course ranked top for Teaching and Academic Support, and 2nd for Assessment and Feedback, Organisation and Management of the course, and Personal Development.  We also achieved a high ranking in the UK and were placed 3rd (out of 73 institutions) for Teaching and we are in the top 20 for Academic Support, Personal Development, and Overall Satisfaction.

Politics at Dundee takes pride in looking beyond the University itself.  We regularly host speakers from the 'real world' of Scottish, British and International politics.  Additionally, where possible, we encourage and assist students who wish to take up internships with the Scottish Parliament, Government, and other bodies.

We believe strongly in integrating our groundbreaking research with our teaching, and students benefit from being taught by a leading expert and author in their field.  Our interests are varied and include:

  • European Union Politics
  • International Security
  • Russian Politics
  • Politics of the Middle East
  • Global drug policies
  • Terrorism, Counter-terrorism, and Policing
  • Human Rights
  • Indian Politics
  • Irish Politics
  • Sexual Politics
  • Africa and liberation movements
  • Political philosophy

Find out about the courses we offer

In the spotlight...


DUSA LogoStudent Societies

There are more than 80 student societies affiliated to the Students' Association (DUSA) plus other 'interest' groups.  Some that may be of interest to students of Politics and International Relations are:

Politics and International Relations students also have a strong record of achieving high level positions on the DUSA Student Representative Council and the Student Executive Committee with many past Presidents and Vice-Presidents being graduates of our programmes.

‌‌European Institute for Security & Justice LogoInternational Security

Our postgraduate courses uniquely combine the study of terrorism with counter-terrorism, intelligence,  international security, and law, taking an inter- and cross-disciplinary approach, drawing upon politics, history and sociology.

Study the MLitt in International Security and choose your specialism from terrorism, human rights, drugs and organised crime, international relations, European Union, Russia, South Asia, or Middle East.

You can also study International Security with Law in a course that provides an in-depth understanding of both International Law and International Relations pertaining to modern security issues, such as responses to terrorism, responses to the use of force generally and responses to threats to environmental security.

The European Institute for Security & Justice is a (EISJ) is a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence based here at the University of Dundee.  This major new initiative examines the wide range of issues from terrorism and national defence to food, energy and health security.  For more information on the EISJ see our Research Interests and Centres page.