Research at the Department of Political Science depends on the focus of the chairs.

CHE ExcellenceRanking 2009: The Department of Political Science is excellence group

The Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) in Germany has completed a second round of the CHE Excellence Ranking, focusing on the academic disciplines of economics, political science, and psychology. On the basis of five indicators with either a research orientation (number of publications - including highly cited books and citations by international standard) or an international dimension (Erasmus-Mundus master's programmes, student mobility, and staff mobility), the Department of Political Science (IPZ) at the University of Zurich is an Excellence Group. The IPZ received stars for performing particularly well in some of the above indicators.