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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... Read rest of text

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PIR PhD wins prestigious award

Sissela Matzner collaborated with colleagues at Sciences Po and Milan

Congratulations to Professor Fiona Mackay!

Congratulations to Professor Fiona Mackay on being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She joins other PIR fellows Professor Christina Boswell,

PIR Tutor awards nominations


Upcoming Events

Apr 25 Speaker: Marcelo Leiras, Associate Professor of Political Science # Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina Social Conflict, Political Competition, and Democratic Stability: Lesson from Contemporary Latin America 13:30 (3 hours) Room 1.416, Teaching Room 9, Doorway 3, Medical School, Teviot

Apr 25 Speaker: Professor Julie Kaarbo # University of Edinburgh Leaders, Groups, and Role-Playing: Agents in Foreign Policy and International Politics, an Inaugural Lecture by Professor Julie Kaarbo 17:50 (2 hours and 10 minutes) King Khalid Lecture Theatre, Hill Square, EH8 9DR

Apr 26 Hosted by: PIR PhD Students # University of Edinburgh Politics and International Relations Postgraduate Showcase 14:00 (3 hours) Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB