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Why study here?

If you’re reading this then you probably already know that Manchester is an exciting city and that The University of Manchester is one of the world’s leading teaching and research institutions.

But what’s special about studying politics at Manchester?

Developing your interests

As you work through your degree in politics or a politics-related discipline you will gradually develop interests in particular topics, and you will want to pursue these interests in great depth.  

This is hard to do at many universities because they only have one or two people who specialise in any particular sub-field of politics. 

The advantage of studying at Manchester is that, as one of the largest politics departments in the country (with over 45 research-active staff), we can offer an unrivalled depth as well as breadth of expertise.

Sharing your ideas

At Manchester you can be sure that, whatever it is that motivates and excites you about the study of politics, you will have several members of staff to share and discuss your ideas with.

Politics at Manchester is divided into five specialist research clusters.  Each cluster consists of a group of experts working on a number of closely related topics. 

In the first year of your undergraduate degree our introductory courses will give you a flavour of these various topics.

Then, in the second and third years of your undergraduate degree, you will be able to follow your interests by specialising in particular areas.

Even greater specialisation is available for those interested in pursuing their studies at postgraduate level.

For more information about degree course structures please browse our undergraduate and postgraduate course lists.

Here are some examples of the kinds of questions that you will address with the help of experts working in each research cluster.

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