Overview

From Brexit to alternative truth, the NHS to the case for global intervention in North Korea, recent years have seen politics become increasingly divisive. If you want to understand why, and get an understanding of how the politics world works, this is the perfect course for you.

On this BA (Hons) Politics Degree Course you’ll study the contemporary challenges that politicians and the public face, as well as the historic flashpoints that led to the current governance of our society.

You'll finish the course primed for a career in the world of politics, but also with a raft of transferable skills sought after in sectors such as teaching, journalism and risk analysis.

What you'll experience

On this Politics course you’ll:

  • Take your interest in politics and add the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career
  • Keep up to date with the latest topics and issues in international relations by taking part in 'pop-up seminars' with staff and your peers
  • Learn from staff who are members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), the UK's largest research centre of its kind
  • Have the opportunity to publish your work in our student journal
  • Develop career-enhancing skills alongside your academic study with skills training, opportunities to do work experience and the chance to learn another language
  • Do a detailed academic analysis of a major contemporary political issues such as the role of gender in politics, radicalisation and the rise of the far right
  • Tailor your degree by choosing optional modules that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Have the chance to study abroad at one of our partner institutions – for example, Science Po Strasbourg (France), Maastricht University (Netherlands), Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and University of Szeged (Hungary)

You can also:

  • Diversify your skill set by learning another language as part of your course
  • Immerse yourself in another culture by studying abroad

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you plan your career and find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies. Previous students have done projects for community groups and worked with political parties and local government.

On this course, you can earn credits towards your degree for work, research placements, volunteer roles or internships you take during your studies.

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Politics degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Political Thought
  • Analysing Politics: Britain and Beyond
  • Global Development
  • Key Themes in International Relations
  • Politics and IR: Academic Enrichment Programme
  • Performing like a Pro: Skills for Academic and Professional Success 

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • British Political Leadership
  • Bending the Truth a Little? Researching Politics and International Relations

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • China and East Asian Economies
  • Comparing Extremist and Populist Movements in the Western World
  • Democratisation in Latin America
  • East Asian States and Societies
  • Economics and Politics of Development
  • From Revolution to Dictatorship - Russia & the Soviet Union 1917-1941
  • Gender in the Developing World
  • Global Environmental Issues and Concerns
  • Ideology and Politics
  • International Politics of the Middle East
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Learning From Experience
  • Politics and IR: Academic Enrichment Programme 
  • Politics and Policy in Action
  • Russian & Eurasian Politics
  • Study Abroad 
  • The French Exception: Contemporary French Politics and Society
  • US Foreign Policy: From the Great War to 9/11
  • US Politics

Optional placement year

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core units in this year include:

  • Autocracy And Democracy 

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Africa Revisited: Nation Building and 'State Fragility' in Post-Colonial Africa
  • Comparative Public Policy and Public Administration 
  • Digital Media and Democracy
  • Dissertation / Major Project 
  • Ethnicity Class & Culture in the Developing World
  • France in the World: Global Actor or Global Maverick?
  • Global Capitalism: Past, Present and Future
  • Independent Project 
  • Learning From Experience
  • Looking for Utopia, Finding Dystopia? Ideas and Ideologies in the New Millennium
  • Negotiation and Lobbying in the EU: A Simulation Game
  • NGOs and Social Movements
  • Politics and IR: Academic Enrichment Programme 
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • Security Challenges in the Twenty-First Century
  • Strategic Management and Leadership
  • Strategic Studies
  • Transitional Justice & Human Rights

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops

You'll take part in discussions with large and small groups, developing your communication skills.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • article reviews
  • essays
  • projects
  • briefing papers
  • individual and group presentations
  • 10,000 word dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 25% written exams, 8% practical exams and 67% coursework
  • Year 2 students: 15% written exams, 5% practical exams and 80% coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% coursework

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What jobs can you do with a Politics degree?

The skills you’ll learn on this course lend themselves to many different industries. Previous graduates have gone onto work in jobs such as:

  • parliamentary researcher
  • politician’s assistant
  • public affairs consultant
  • social researcher
  • information officer
  • conference producer
  • local government administrator

You can work in areas such as national and local government, teaching, consultancy, marketing and business, and in organisations such as the UN, lobbying organisations, the NHS and think tanks.

After you graduate, you'll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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