Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code L201
Duration 3 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
Related subjects International Relations Politics

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

Department of Politics and International Relations

UK top three for research
Research Excellence Framework 2014

UK top 10 for politics
The Complete University Guide 2020 The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

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.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21
Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.

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 + additional qualifications ABB + B in a relevant EPQ; ABB + B in Core Maths
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
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
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:

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 in Politics
Animals, Ethics and Politics
Anti-Politics and Democratic Crisis
Britain and the European Union
Britain in the Global Economy
Civilisation, Empire and Hegemony
Civilisation, Empire and Hegemony
Contemporary Chinese Politics
Corporations in Global Politics: Possibilities, Tensions, and Ambiguities
Framing Politics? Economic Ideas as Political Weapons
Justice in World Politics
Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence
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 Psychology: The Personal Side of Politics
Political Theory in An Age of Total War
Politics and the Quality of Life
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 Politics of Security
Water, Climate, Energy

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 are proud to be one of the UK's leading departments for research and teaching in politics and international relations.

We have over 50 specialists in the key areas of politics and international relations working at the cutting edge of the discipline on issues such as: Brexit, transgender politics, animal rights, environmentalism, populism and Middle East Politics. This research directly shapes and inspires what you're taught on all levels of our programmes.

- First department to pioneer the 'Parliamentary Studies' undergraduate module that's accredited and co-taught by the House of Commons.

- Our politics and international relations courses have been ranked 7th in the UK for 2020 - The Complete University Guide

Department of Politics and International Relations website

What our graduates do

A politics degree from Sheffield can set you apart from everyone else. You'll have many opportunities across all levels of your course to add valuable work experience and transferable skills to your CV.

Our degree programmes are designed so you can tailor your course to your own interests and career aspirations. They also provide a foundation to go on to work in a wide range of professional, political and administrative organisations across the world, in local, national, and international government, the charitable sector, education, the media, public relations, research and the private sector.

Student profile




"The reputation of the department is simply impeccable. The academic staff here are world-class and the people that you study with push you and challenge you on a daily basis. Looking back at the time I spent at Sheffield, I’d say coming here was absolutely the best decision I could’ve made."

Samuel Ribanksy,
BA Politics and Philosophy graduate.

Politics Graduate
"The department gives so many opportunities to make the experience your own. This is the reason I decided to undertake a placement year with the Civil Service, working as a Social Researcher with the Department for Work and Pensions. This was an incredibly valuable experience, which not only improved my employment prospects hugely, but also gave me the opportunity to apply my learning in the real world."

Michael Berry,
BA Politics with Employment Experience graduate

We have a range of options for studying abroad within Europe or further afield - including the USA, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong. In addition, on most of our degrees you can upgrade to a four year Degree with International Experience, during which you spend your third year abroad studying or working - or a combination of the two.

We also offer the Degree with Employment Experience option. This allows you to spend a year taking a work placement in government, a private company, an international organisation or a charity.

In your final year you can also choose to write a work-based learning dissertation, a piece of research that solves a real-world problem for an organisation.

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Department of Politics and International Relations
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 1641
Email politics-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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