The School of Government and Public Policy combines internationally acclaimed research in political science and public policy with excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
Established in 2010, the School of Government and Public Policy integrates the Department of Government with three research centres - the European Policies Research Centre, the Centre for the Study of Public Policy and the Centre for Elections and Representation Studies.
The guiding ethos of the School is to develop research that is both academically excellent and of practical use. We focus on public policy, governance and representation - three areas where systematic insights are in great demand from policymakers and the wider public. The quality of our research is recognised internationally with, for example, the German Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) listing our School as part of an ‘Excellence Group’ in political science.
The School is an ideal place to study politics. Located on the University's city-centre campus, we offer an exciting range of Masters courses in research methods, public policy and international politics. In all successive National Student Surveys, our politics students have recorded an overall satisfaction of over 90 per cent. In the most recent survey, we were ranked top of the student satisfaction table in politics in Scotland and in the top ten for the UK.