Course details

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

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Undergraduate Admissions
Department of Politics
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 1641
Email politics-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/politics/undergraduate

Department of Politics

Top 3 for Research in the UK
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Top 10 for Politics in the UK
The Complete University Guide 2019

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. BTEC Public Services (Uniformed) not accepted
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

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Department of Politics and International Relations website

First year

Core modules:

Analysing Politics
Introduction to Global Political Economy
Introduction to International Relations
Introduction to Western Political Thought

Optional modules:

British Politics
Introduction to Comparative Politics

Second year

Core modules:

International Relations Theory
Political Analysis: Research Design and Data Analysis

Optional modules:

Autocracies and Democracies
Contemporary Security Challenges
Development
Human Rights, Power and Politics
Oppression and Resistance
Political Theory in Practice
The Left: Past, Present & Future
The Political Economy of Global Capitalism
The Politics and Government of the European Union

Third year

Optional modules:

Dissertation (Work Related)
Dissertation in Political Analysis
Dissertation in Politics
Animals, Ethics and Politics
Anti-Politics and Democratic Crisis
Britain and the European Union
Civilisation, Empire and Hegemony
Corporations in Global Politics: Possibilities, Tensions, and Ambiguities
Framing Politics? Economic Ideas as Political Weapons
German Politics: Domestic Contestation and Global Impact
Hunger in the Global North
Justice in World Politics
Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence
Liberalism and its Critics
Marx and Contemporary Marxism
Narcopolitics
Pandemics and Panics: Health, Security and Global Politics
Parliamentary Studies
Party Politics: Competition, Strategies & Campaigns
Peacekeeping, State-building and International Intervention
Political Ecology: Power, Nature and Society
Political Theory in An Age of Total War
Research Project 1
Research Project 2
Sex, Race and Death: Feminist Perspectives on War, Violence and (In)Security
Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict
Terrorism, Violence and the State
The Ethics of Political Leadership
The Making of the Modern Middle East
The Political Economy of Africa
The Political Economy of Social Policy
The Politics of Security
War, Peace and Justice

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.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 10%
Independent study 90%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 25%
Coursework 75%
Practical 0%

Department of Politics and International Relations

We're one of the UK's top departments for research and teaching in politics and international relations.

We have over 50 academic staff working at the cutting edge of the discipline, doing ground-breaking research on a huge range of topics. This research directly shapes and inspires what you're taught. You'll have the opportunity to learn from lecturers, who use innovative teaching to bring politics to life.

Department of Politics and International Relations website

What our graduates do

There are many exciting career paths for politics graduates.

Our graduates are working all over the world - in local, national, and international government, the charitable sector, education, the media, public relations, research and the private sector.

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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