Department Profile: School of Social and Political Sciences

University of Glasgow

Why study at the School of Social and Political Sciences?
 The School of Social and Political Sciences brings together well-established research and teaching programmes in Central and East European Studies, Economic and Social History, Politics, Sociology, and Urban Studies. There is a long tradition of excellence in these subjects, which we are committed to continuing.

The School offers a dynamic environment for teaching and research:

  • over 90% of our students are satisfied with the learning and general experience in the School.
  • Sociology at Glasgow was rated 1st in Scotland and 2nd across the UK as a whole (Guardian University Guide 2013)
  • over half the research activity across the School was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' at the last Research Assessment Exercise.
  • our work continues to engage with contemporary economic, political, social and cultural issues, taking a global and long-run perspective on social concerns and challenges.

Funding and scholarships are sometimes available to help you complete your studies.
Opportunities to take up work placements or internships, and to meet potential employers may also be offered.

What can I study at the School of Social and Political Sciences?
The full list of our programmes is available here.

The School of Social and Political Sciences gathers programmes around the following subject areas:

What our students say:
“Having completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow I already knew I loved the campus, and that the course would be really well put together with fantastic teaching staff. The campus is always lively and buzzing with student activity, providing a great atmosphere with lots to do.
A great thing about my MSc programme is its interdisciplinary nature. My fellow classmates come from a variety of degree disciplines and this makes discussion more rounded and interesting. The mixture of ages and experience is also great as everyone has something different to offer.”
Helen Swan (UK), MSc Global Security

“I'd highly recommend  the IMRCEES program at the University of Glasgow.  I chose to study at Glasgow University because it sounded like a good program in an interesting city, and it really was.  The classes were fascinating (very politics oriented), I was able to study Polish (another reason I chose Glasgow), and the program enabled me to also study in Poland, which is quite unique.  Studying at the University of Glasgow was great, too, and very multicultural.  The student life was excellent, the people of Glasgow are friendly, and the city is exciting.  It's a very intellectually stimulating environment, with many opportunities in and out of the classroom to expand your horizons.”
Sarah Tanksalvala (USA), International Masters in Russian, Central and East European Studies

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University of Glasgow
School of Social and Political Sciences
Adam Smith Building
40 Bute Gardens
Glasgow G12 8RT

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