Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code L201
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects International Relations Politics

Any questions?

Katie Hunter, Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment Officer
Department of Politics
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 1641

Department of Politics

Top 3 Politics department in the UK
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Top 10 for Politics in the UK
The Times Good University Guide 2018

Course description

This course covers Central, Southern and Eastern Europe, the EU, Asia (South), Africa and the Americas. Topics include international relations, governance and public policy, political theory and comparative politics.

First-year modules include: Introduction to Political Analysis; An Introduction to the History of Western Political Thought; The Politics of Globalisation; Comparing Modern Polities and Introduction to Security Studies.

You can apply to spend your second year at a university in Europe, the USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore or Canada.

In the third year, you'll research and write a 12,000-word dissertation. You might choose a Work-Based Dissertation, which means you collaborate on a research project with an external partner - like a government department or an NGO - and write about that.

Also available as a four-year course with a year on work placement. Ask the department for details.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB + B
International Baccalaureate 34
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject (Applied Law, Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship or Personal and Business Finance)
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2
Scottish Highers AAAAB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AA
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • GCSE Maths grade 4 or grade C or equivalent
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

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.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 10%
Independent study 90%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 25%
Coursework 75%
Practical 0%

Department of Politics

We're one of the UK's top departments for politics research and consistently achieve high levels of of student satisfaction for our teaching. Over 50 academic staff are engaged in cutting-edge research. Their research shapes and inspires what you're taught, so what you learn is relevant today and tomorrow. You'll be taught by inspirational and world-leading lecturers, who bring passion to their teaching. By studying with us, you'll develop the intellectual, personal and professional skills you need to excel in your chosen career.

Department of Politics website

What our graduates do

Our graduates are working across the world - in local, national, and international government, the charitable sector and NGOs, education, the media, research, and the private sector. Many of our graduates also go onto postgraduate study and then on to outstanding academic careers.

Student profile

"The most exciting thing I've learnt about so far was where we did a module which compared the political systems of the UK, USA, France, Germany, Russia and Brazil."

Jonathan Guy
Department of Politics

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Katie Hunter, Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment Officer
Department of Politics
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 1641

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