Oxford is first in UK and second in the world in 2022 QS World Rankings for Politics and International Studies


The University of Oxford has been ranked 1st in the UK for the 7th year running and 2nd in the world for politics and international studies in the 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

The University was pipped to first place in the world rankings by Harvard University, having moved up one position to take second place globally this year.

The top position is a reflection of the tradition of world-leading research and high-quality teaching at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR).

I’m delighted that DPIR has done so well in the World University rankings again this year, alongside so many other excellent Departments.
It’s a result of continued focus, effort and commitment from everyone who works here.
Nick Owen, Joint Head of the Department

DPIR is an internationally-renowned centre for teaching and research in the field and one of the largest in the UK, offering two undergraduate courses and eight DPhil (PhD), MPhil and MSc programmes at the postgraduate level.

DPIR has a strong interdisciplinary ethos across the three areas of international relations, comparative politics, and political theory, and harnesses them to achieve a wider understanding of political power and process within political systems and between them. The Department’s faculty includes some of the world’s leading scholars in comparative politics and government, and political theory and philosophy, supervising outstanding students in the DPhil in Politics programme who use their research and methods training to launch successful academic careers.

The QS World University Rankings By Subject are an annual publication by Quacquarelli Symonds and are based upon academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.