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Politics, International Studies and Philosophy @ 18-22 University Square

The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy has 36 full-time academics, making it by some distance the largest institutional centre for the study of these subjects in Ireland and one of the largest in the UK.

The UK Research Assessment Exercise – RAE 2008 – produced very impressive results in its assessment of research carried out in the School .  Over 50% of the research was judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, and the School performed very well in relation to Departments in other UK Universities.   Of 58 UK Politics Departments, QUB came 11th, in terms of the average grade for research multiplied by the number of people submitted; within the prestigious Russell Group, QUB Politics was ranked 8th.   Philosophy was also confirmed as excellent, with 65% of its research activity rated either in Category 4* or Category 3* (i.e. world leading or internationally excellent). These impressive results reinforce QUB’s position as one of the leading centres in the UK for world-class research in Politics, International Studies and Philosophy

We have a range of distinctive research strength: Philosophy; Political Theory; Contemporary Irish Political History; European Politics; International Politics, Comparative Ethnic Conflict. Lists of members of staff and their research interests can be accessed here.

In each of these areas, important and pioneering work has been published by members of the School (with leading academic presses and in journals with high international standing), and major projects of research are ongoing in all of these fields. Several of these projects are funded by research councils in the UK and Ireland and by the EU. In addition to research carried out by academic and research staff, we are committed also to the supervision of high-quality research students in our areas of expertise, and have a vibrant postgraduate research culture. For further information on current projects, please see our research student pages.

Across the School we pride ourselves in the high quality of our teaching, and this was reflected most recently in the very positive outcome of our Educational Enhancement Process in March 2014. We have a large and lively group of undergraduate students taking either single honours degrees in Politics, Philosophy, International Politics and Conflict Studies and Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) or joint honours degrees in Politics, Philosophy and International Studies.  The School also has a thriving, cosmopolitan group of postgraduate students. Many of these are working under the supervision of leading scholars on research degrees (MPhil or PhD) while the others are taking one of our MA programmes in Politics; Irish Politics; Moral, Legal and Political Philosophy; Comparative Ethnic Conflict; International Relations, European Union Politics;  Violence, Terrorism and Security; Legislative Studies and Practice.  In 2014 we launch a new MA in Medical Ethics and Law.

We are located in five recently refurbished Victorian houses near the middle of University Square. The General Office is on the ground floor of 25 University Square (locate us here ). The office is normally open Monday-Friday from 9.00 am - 1.00 pm and 2pm - 4pm, (closed for staff meeting Tuesday 2.30pm to 3pm).