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Political Sciences Courses


£150 million invested in facilities in the last 10 years
number 1 university in the East Midlands for graduate employment


The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 Top 20 university for teaching quality

Stand out from the crowd with a political science degree from the University of Derby. Our practical, real world approach will equip you with the skills you’ll need to change our political world.

With a heavy emphasis on practice, we provide you with many opportunities to gain experience of grass roots, local, national and international relations through work-based learning and project-based work.

You will explore current affairs, global development and learn how to build good relations between people, communities and countries. Our Political Sciences courses are delivered by experienced practitioners and offer exclusive undergraduate study visits to the United Nations in Geneva. Offering fascinating perspectives on current and international events as they affect people around the world, you will become a better informed global citizen.

“Real life experiences that set you apart”

Nifemi Macauley

“The International Relations course teaches us how the politics of the world’s nations work. We were all given the chance to go to the United Nations in Geneva and not just talk to but change the views of some influential people. This Political Sciences course does not cradle you - it gives you real life experiences that set you apart from everyone else.

“I would really recommend the University of Derby. It’s a place of great heritage with a friendly and diverse local community.”

International Relations

International Relations and Diplomacy students at the United Nations, Geneva

This is Political Sciences

  • Prepare for success in rewarding political careers working with international organisations, diplomatic communities, governments, the civil service, national and transnational institutions
  • Explore the political, social and economic issues facing countries around the world and develop a deep knowledge of international affairs
  • Experience work-based learning through internships and study visits to the United Nations Office in Geneva, the British Foreign Office and other international institutions
  • Study Political Sciences degrees at our new £20 million building, One Friar Gate Square, in Derby city centre
  • Gain skills in arbitration, conflict resolution and diplomatic practice and get involved in promoting good relations between people, communities and countries worldwide.

What our Political Sciences graduates do

Our political science degrees prepare you for success and give you the best start in your career.

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • government embassies
  • international development
  • organisations
  • public and voluntary bodies or
  • transnational corporations
  • teaching
  • international institutions and agencies
  • law.