Oxford Politics named second in the world in 2023 QS World Rankings by subject


The University of Oxford has been ranked 1st in the UK for the 8th year running and 2nd in the world for politics and international studies in the 2023 QS World Rankings by subject.

As last year, Oxford lost out on the top spot globally to Harvard University but fought off stiff competition from UK universities to maintain 1st place in the country.

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

It is wonderful that Oxford has been named 1st in the UK for the eight year running and 2nd in the world for Politics in the 2023.
We are proud of the sustained excellence achieved by DPIR and of the brilliant work of our colleagues.

Petra Schleiter, 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 higher educational analysis specialists Quacquarelli Symonds and are based upon academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.