Studying politics, you will explore the origins and present-day contexts of domestic and international conflicts about power and resources. You will also study the morality of political action, the limits of freedom and justice, and the processes of governance at various levels. International relations is a subfield within political science that looks at the origins and evolution of the state system and the changing nature of state power. It examines the driving forces behind international cooperation and conflict, and explores security and prosperity in the international system. Our international relations programmes cover specific topics and regions within world politics, such as human rights and foreign policy, the Middle East and Africa. Home to the Scottish Parliament, the city of Edinburgh offers the perfect location to study politics, and the department offers a dynamic environment, regularly hosting international academics, politicians and diplomats. We're in the UK top eight for Politics and International Relations, with 20 per cent of our research rated world leading and a further 39 per cent rated internationally excellent according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Our international staff offer teaching that is research-led, which means that courses, supervision and mentoring are delivered by scholars active in research in their respective fields.