Course Profile

A degree in Politics allows you to take a comprehensive overview of the subject. You’ll be introduced to a wide range of topics from political theory through to international relations. On this course, you will learn how to apply the concepts, theories and methods used in the study of politics to the analysis of political ideas, institutions and practices. As your degree progresses, you can choose whether to work across all the research areas outlined earlier in this brochure, combining the insights they offer, or to develop a specialism in a particular approach to the study of politics.

Key Information

UCAS Code: L210

Standard Duration: three years, starting in September.

Information about teaching and learning can be found under the "learning and assessment" tab on this page.

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Here you can find out more about the modules that are currently taught in the Department.

Each year we review our modules. We make sure we're teaching the most up-to-date topics that match the latest research conducted by our academic staff. The option modules for your second and final years may have changed by the time you reach that point - but we hope you'll agree this is a good thing, rooted in our ethos of research-led teaching. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform you in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Your first year

In the Autumn Semester 2018/19 you will take:

In the Spring Semester 2018/19 you will take:

Your second year

In Autumn Semester 2018/19 you will take:

And then:

Your final year

In 2018/19 we are offering:

Autumn Semester Modules:

Spring Semester Modules

All students will complete one dissertation in Politics from the list bellow:

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Global Experience

When you come to Sheffield, you’re joining a global community. That’s so important because in today’s world, you might end up living and working far from your home country.

NEW Degree with International Experience

This exciting new option gives you an extra year in the middle of your degree to take a placement abroad - studying, working, or teaching - with the full support of a Department tutor throughout the year.

Study Abroad and Erasmus+

On most of our courses you can apply to study for part of your degree abroad, at one of our partner universities. The University’s two schemes, Study Abroad and Erasmus+, give you opportunities across Europe, Australia, Canada, East Asia and the USA.

Find out more about Study Abroad

Find out more about Erasmus+

Find out more about the current Erasmus+ options in the Department. Please note these may change in future years.

Global Leadership Initiative

This offers you the unique chance to attend major international summits taking place during the academic year. You'll get the chance to gain first-hand experience of international policy debates at the highest level, to attend press conferences and produce policy analysis that is read by an international audience, enhancing your research skills and employability.

Find out more about Global Leadership Initiative

Languages for All

There’s also the exciting opportunity to learn a new language, either as part of your degree or alongside it. Our Languages for All programme gives you the chance to learn a new language or enhance existing language skills. This includes a wide range of European languages, including Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Czech; as well as languages you may never have had a chance to study before, such as Japanese, Mandarin, Korean and Arabic.

Find out more about Languages for All

Career Experience

Make the very best start to your career with the skills you learn at Sheffield.

Transferable Skills

Our innovative teaching gives you the skills modern employers are looking for, especially through our core Political Analysis modules. We make sure you’ll have experience including team-work with people from a range of academic backgrounds, important IT skills such as developing websites and using specialist research software, and public presentation skills. You’ll also learn how to make practical use of statistics to provide and analyse evidence to make strong and coherent arguments.

Degree with Employment Experience

This option lets you add an extra placement year in the middle of your degree. You might want to do something directly relevant to your studies – perhaps working in Parliament – or find a placement in another sector where you want to build a career. You don’t have to decide now – you can take up the option once you’re here.

Work-Based Learning Dissertation

This special option gives you the chance to work closely with an outside organisation to conduct research that they really need. It’s a great thing to put on your CV—proving you can apply your Politics degree in a real work-place setting. Previous examples include advising a UK housing association on the impact of welfare changes and working with a US multi-national company to lobby the EU.

Full Support from the Careers Service

Throughout your degree you can book appointments with the careers service - from advice on how to structure your career path, to help with your first CV, they have the expertise to help.

Find out more.

What our graduates do

Our graduate go on to a diverse range of careers - but what they have in common is success.

“I’ll soon be joining the Business Intelligence team at JustEat, after working at a market research company specialising in higher education. It was my studies at Sheffield that gave me a real interest in quantitative research. I chose to write a Dissertation in Political Analysis, for which I received the YouGov prize – I was really pleased to get this recognition for my specialism in statistics. Being able to analyse and communicate data has been instrumental to my career.”

"As part of my Degree with Employment Experience, I completed a placement year with a leading management, engineering and development consultancy. As a result of my placement, I was offered a graduate position as a socio-economic researcher working for the same company, in the Economic and Social Development team. It’s because of the skills, experience in connections I gained on my degree at Sheffield that I got my career off to a flying start."

“At Sheffield I gained a broad understanding into how things in the real world might actually fit together, coupled with sharp skills of enquiry. My career’s been with YouGov - the UK’s most-quoted research company. I was a founding director in 2000 and after a variety of senior positions - including two and half years in Baghdad as Director of YouGov’s operation in Iraq - I’m now leading the Political and Social Research team. My advice for university? Be prepared, be different, be resilient – but most importantly: do it all.”

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