Our 35 research faculty teach, train, mentor, and conduct research with graduate students in our MA and PhD degrees. UBC Political Science usually appears in the top 30 departments globally for research output. Our recent Masters and Doctoral graduates are placed around the world at leading institutions and in senior positions in governments and non-governmental organizations.

Research Areas

Our faculty and students — often together — do research across the spectrum of political science. We have notable strengths in Indigenous politics, immigration and multiculturalism, political behaviour, critical political theory, non-state actors in international relations, comparative public policy, politics of the environment and climate change, and more. You’ll see the great set of faculty you can work with in your preferred research areas on our research areas pages.

We are particularly strong in research methods, with a robust sequence of graduate methods courses for students looking for foundational and advanced training in qualitative and quantitative research methods. As for area studies, the department has multiple members working on the politics of Asia, the politics of the Americas, European politics, U.S. politics, and Canadian politics.

If you’re considering applying to our programs, you absolutely must drill down into our research areas pages and check out ones that align with your interests and career goals. These pages represent 30 different research areas or topics and show you which set of faculty members work in that area, with their key publications.

Training in Research & Teaching

Our community of 35 full-time faculty members have diverse research interests and areas of excellence. Our faculty hold research chairs, build innovative research programs, and have strong affiliations with multiple research centres and institutes on campus. Many of our graduate students are research assistants and sometimes co-author papers with faculty.

UBC provides a number of training opportunities so that our graduate students can develop their skills as teachers. Most PhD and MA students will have the opportunity to serve as paid Teaching Assistants, which provides a sustained and comprehensive experience to learn about teaching at the university level while receiving mentorship.

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I was very lucky to have professors and other students at UBC who believed in me and supported me. And I challenged myself to rise to the opportunities they provided me when I could.

Megan Dias
MA Political Science 2017




We’re one of the top departments in the world for the study of Environmental Politics, Political Theory of Indigenous-Settler Relations, Citizen Attitudes to Public Policy, the Management and Regulation of Civil Conflict, and Migration Studies.