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- Learn about the latest thinking in analysing and explaining political trends and issues.
- Gain a critical understanding of political institutions, ideologies and theories.
- 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.
Watch student Sherene Modi talk about what it’s like to study this course.
How you learn
Your lecturer's view
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
- away days
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.Collegiate Campus map
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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.
- 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'.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
You can take an optional placement in year three.
|Module: Graduate Study Skills||Credits: 20||
|Module: Introduction To International Relations||Credits: 20||
|Module: Introduction To Political Thought||Credits: 20||
|Module: Introduction To Politics And Society||Credits: 20||
|Module: The Politics Of Post War Britain||Credits: 20||
|Module: Foreign Language||Credits: 20||
|Module: The Politics Of The Usa||Credits: 20||
|Module: Contemporary Political Philosophy||Credits: 20||
|Module: Europe And The European Union||Credits: 20||
|Module: Research Methods In Politics||Credits: 20||
|Module: Britain In The World: British Foreign And Defence Policy In The Modern Era||Credits: 20||
|Module: Comparative Politics||Credits: 10||
|Module: Contemporary War And Security Studies||Credits: 20||
|Module: Divided Societies||Credits: 20||
|Module: Society And Nature: The Politics Of The Environment||Credits: 20||
|Module: Studies Abroad In Applied Social Sciences||Credits: 50||
|Module: Work Placement (Politics And Sociology)||Credits: 60||
|Module: Work Project||Credits: 20||
|Module: Dissertation (Politics)||Credits: 40|
|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 The Great Powers||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
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 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.
Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year.
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
Additional course costs
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