Politics enters every aspect of our lives. It can shape our opinions, inform our decisions and help us to understand people's motivations. Politics is concerned with the theories, ideologies, political systems and policies of civil society locally, nationally and globally. It explores issues of power, alliances, conflict and peace on a global scale. Politics can let you make a meaningful contribution to society.

Politics courses at Stirling allow you to follow your passion for politics while gaining key knowledge and practical skills needed to help you in your chosen career. You’ll be taught by experts who have an interdisciplinary focus that engages with the work of others, particularly in the fields of global security and the policy of civil society.

Politics courses

Courses labelled are available for online study only.

infographic: 3rd in Scotland

3rd in Scotland

and Top 15 in the UK for Politics

Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Graduate careers in Politics

Studying a Politics course at the University of Stirling helps you develop theoretical, communication and analytical skills that are highly valued by employers. From social and political research to journalism, marketing and HR, our Politics courses open up a wide range of career options to you. Potential employers include global organisations such as the UN, the third-sector, the civil service, local and national government, lobbying organisations and commercial businesses.

Jobs that are directly related to a Politics degree include:

  • Government Social Research Officer
  • Policy Officer
  • Political Risk Analyst
  • Public Affairs Consultant
  • Civil Service Fast Streamer
  • Politician’s Assistant
  • Social Researcher

Partnerships and industry

Our Politics department has a special Erasmus exchange programme with the Politics departments at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, and Collegium Civitas in Poland.


Stirling University Politics Society – a non-affiliated inclusive club for any student with an interest in politics.

Model United Nations – a society where students can learn about diplomacy, international relations and the United Nations.

Politics research

Politics research at Stirling looks at the impact of and interplay between internal pressures upon liberal democracies, such as devolution or the accommodation of minorities. Our research also explores external challenges associated with the development of the European Union and the relationship with neighbouring countries outside of the EU.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Study for a PhD or MPhil in Politics at the University of Stirling and you’ll be part of a dynamic culture where collaboration is key. See our PhD and MPhil opportunities in the areas of:

Centre for Policy, Conflict and Co-operation Research

The centre focuses on conflict and co-operation, in both international and domestic society and in relation to environmental and climate change.

Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy

An interdisciplinary research centre linking Politics, History, Heritage, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Sociology and Law.