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Politics and International Relations (PIR)


Welcome to Politics and International Relations at Edinburgh! We’re one of the largest and most competitive subject areas in the University, home to over 600 top undergraduates and 100 international postgraduate students every year. Our alumni include government ministers, members of parliament, policy analysts, broadcasters, business leaders, teachers, and an increasing number of social entrepreneurs. If you’re thinking about studying with us click here to find out more.

Our academic staff produce world class research across several areas. That research informs our teaching but also the wider academic discipline. In the last UK-wide assessment of research we were... Read rest of text

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Class trip to the Scottish Parliament

Professor Nicola McEwen, took this year's Comparing Scottish Devolution class to the Scottish Parliament to meet Deputy Presiding Officer, Linda Fabiani.

PIR researcher launches Disant Voices Album

ESRC and Creative Scotland funded project bears melodic fruit

Upcoming Events

Dec 14 Hosted by: Dr Nida Alahmad # University of Edinburgh What do ‘The People’ Want? Social Justice, Democracy, Religion and Migration in the Middle East 15:30 (3 hours) 6th Floor Staff Room, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, EH8 9LD

The Contemporary Middle East

Jan 11 Hosted by: Dr Nida Alhamad # University of Edinburgh Iraqi Politics at the intersection of Tribe, Sect and Class 15:30 (3 hours) 6th Floor Staff Room, Chrystal Macmillan Building

The Contemporary Middle East

Feb 08 Hosted by: Dr Ewan Stein # University of Edinburgh Iran’s Revolution 40 Years On: Politics and Culture in the Islamic Republic 17:00 (3 hours) TBC

The Contemporary Middle East