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Year of Entry 2019/20
BA (Honours)

Politics

Critically engage with national and international politics on this well-connected course.


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What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,250 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 104 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? L200
When do I start? September

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Course summary

  • Learn about the latest thinking in analysing and explaining political trends and issues.
  • Gain a critical understanding of political institutions, ideologies and theories.
  • Have the opportunity to study abroadErasmus funding is available for European placements.
  • Gain work experience with well-known organisations.
  • Visit Brussels for a chance to meet policy makers and politicians.

Develop the skills to formulate and defend complex ideas, the ability to think clearly and objectively, and be given the platform to debate convincingly. By focusing on the application of political ideas in the real world, this degree supports you in a variety of career paths.

Student view

Watch student Sherene Modi talk about what it’s like to study this course.

How you learn

Watch Head of Politics Andy Price talk about this course.

At each level of study teaching is structured to provide you with the skills necessary to succeed. Classwork is supplemented by guest speakers drawn from the public, academic, non-governmental and campaign sectors which provide not only different perspectives on real world issues but also an insight into the knowledge and skills required to work in these sectors.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • away days
  • workshops
  • e-learning
  • placement opportunities
  • guest lecturers
  • extracurricular activities such as publishing and editing Politics Review Magazine, and joining the Model UN Simulation Society, the Politics Society, and the Debating Society

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Course leaders and tutors

Knut Roder
Knut Roder
Senior Lecturer In Politics

As Principal Lecturer and Group Leader for BA Politics, Knut leads and develops the Politics staff group through appraisals and work planning, and oversees the direc … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to take a semester long work placement in your second year. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Examples include assisting members of parliament, working for NGOs, campaign groups or the council.

Live projects

If you choose a non-placement routes, you will receive employer engagement through our sector leading Venture Matrix enterprise, where employers invite you to help them address the issues their organisations need to resolve.

Field trips

A five-day visit to the European Union headquarters in Brussels will give you the opportunity to meet policy makers, politicians, and various representatives of non-governmental organisations. This field trip is provided at no extra cost.

Language option

Improve your employability and degree of internationalisation by studying a language. Throughout the course you have the option to study a language of your choice for credit, whether you are a beginner or at a more advanced level. Languages available include French, Spanish, German, Italian, Catalan, Portuguese, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • the UK diplomatic service
  • fast track civil service
  • political think tanks
  • the print media
  • sports promotion
  • lobby groups
  • NGOs
  • the third sector
  • European institutions
  • local government research
  • a wide range of graduate schemes across many different professions

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

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Collegiate Crescent
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S10 2BP

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 104

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BCC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Mathematics at grade C or 4

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits from level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Graduate Study Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To International Relations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Political Thought Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Politics And Society Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: The Politics Of Post War Britain Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Politics Of The Usa Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Contemporary Political Philosophy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Europe And The European Union Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Methods In Politics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Britain In The World: British Foreign And Defence Policy In The Modern Era Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Comparative Politics Credits: 10 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Contemporary War And Security Studies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Divided Societies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Society And Nature: The Politics Of The Environment Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Studies Abroad In Applied Social Sciences Credits: 50 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Work Placement (Politics And Sociology) Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Work Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Dissertation (Politics) Credits: 40
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Anarchism: Direct Action In Theory And Practice Credits: 20
Module: British Political Parties In The Modern Era Credits: 20
Module: Charity And Community Credits: 20
Module: Comparing Social Issues And Policy In A Global Context Credits: 20
Module: Failed States And Democratisation Credits: 20
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20
Module: Politics Of The City Credits: 20
Module: Power, Politics And Paranoia: Contemporary Issues Dividing Credits: 20
Module: Sex, Gender And World Politics Credits: 20
Module: Terrorism And Counter-Terrorism Credits: 20
Module: Theories And Methods Of Conflict Transformation Credits: 20
Module: Understanding Human Rights: Disrupting Universalism Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Sociology and politics courses (PDF)

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