University of Bath for Law

University of Bath for Law

University of Bath

Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

About us

Politics, Languages & International Studies (PoLIS) is one of the largest departments in the University.

Our students are ambitious and highly committed leaders of the future who are preparing for careers in international politics, business and communication.

Many staff are leading scholars in their field and are involved in a wide range of research activities, including collaborative projects at both national and international levels.


We deliver a range of highly successful courses in politics and languages at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

French, German, Italian and Spanish languages are offered on our undergraduate courses. Students of the MA Interpreting & Translating may also study Chinese.

We have an excellent reputation for teaching and students who study with us will benefit from our supportive learning environment.


Our research is categorised around three core clusters:

The quality of our work has been recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) as over two thirds of our publications and 100% of our departmental impact submission was judged to be outstanding (4*) or very considerable (3*).

Partner institutions

We have strong links with a range of partner institutions that offer study abroad opportunities for students.