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 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 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
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- article reviews
- 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
Teaching methods on this course include:
You'll take part in discussions with large and small groups, developing your communication skills.
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.
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.
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. You can earn credits towards your degree for the placements you take during your studies. Previous students have done projects for community groups and worked with political parties and local government.
We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement sandwich year, to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
Previous students have secured placements at:
- The Ministry of Defence
- The House of Commons
- National Museum of the Royal Navy
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.