Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code L210
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Politics

Any questions?

Katie Hunter, Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment Officer
Department of Politics
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 1641
Email katie.hunter@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/politics/study/undergraduate

Department of Politics

Top 3 Politics department in the UK
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

Teaching covers a range of topics, including international relations, governance and public policy, political theory and comparative politics.

The geographical areas covered include Europe (Central, Southern and Eastern Europe and the European Union), the Americas, Asia (South) and Africa.

In the first year, you'll take five core modules and one unrestricted module, including Introduction to Political Analysis, Comparing Modern Polities, British Politics, An Introduction to Western Political Thought and The Politics of Globalisation.

In the second and third years, you'll deepen your subject knowledge by taking further core and optional modules followed by a project module or a dissertation.

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

We also offer this course as a four-year degree with employment experience.

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

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.

Course information on Department of Politics website

First year

Core modules:

Comparing Modern Polities
Consensus, Crisis and Coalition: Introduction to British Politics
Introduction to Political Analysis
Introduction to Western Political Thought
The Politics of Globalisation

Optional modules:

Introduction to Security Studies

Second year

Core modules:

Political Analysis: Research Design and Data Analysis
Political Theory in Practice

Optional modules:

Career Management Skills
Career Management Skills
Comparative Politics: Citizens, States, Power, and Protest
Contemporary Chinese Politics
Contemporary Security Challenges
Contemporary US Foreign Policy
Development
International Relations Theory
Making Ideas Happen
Making Ideas Happen
Never Mind the Ballots! State and Society in the UK Today
The Global Political Economy
The Politics and Government of the European Union

Third year

Core modules:

Explaining Politics

Optional modules:

Dissertation (Work Related)
Dissertation in Political Analysis
Dissertation in Politics
Beastly Politics: Animals, Ethics and Public Policy
Beastly Politics: Animals, Ethics and Public Policy Project
Britain and the European Union
Britain and the European Union Project
Civilisation, Empire and Hegemony
Civilisation, Empire and Hegemony: Project
Elections and Voting
German Politics: Domestic Contestation and Global Impact
Liberalism and its Critics
Making Ideas Happen
Making Ideas Happen
Pandemics and Panics: Health, Security and Global Politics
Pandemics and Panics: Health, Security and Global Politics Project
Parliamentary Studies
Parliamentary Studies Project
Party Politics: Competition, Strategies & Campaigns
Party Politics: Competition, Strategies & Campaigns Project
Peacekeeping, State-Building and International Intervention Project
Peacekeeping, State-building and International Intervention
Political Theory in An Age of Total War
Politics and the Quality of Life
Practical Politics: How to Make Policy and Influence People
Sex, Race and Death: Feminist Perspectives on War, Violence and (In)Security
State Failure
Terrorism, Violence and the State
Terrorism, Violence and the State Project
The Ethics of Political Leadership
The Political Economy of Africa
The Political Economy of Africa Project
The Politics of Asylum

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

Sheffield is simply one of the best places in the UK to study politics. The Times University Guide 2016 puts us in the top five.

The high profile Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) is based here. So is the Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics.

Our 43 academic staff are engaged in cutting-edge research. Their research shapes nand inspires what you're taught, so what you learn is relevant today and tomorrow. You'll be taught by inspirational award-winning lecturers, who bring passion to their teaching. By studying with us you'll develop the intellectual, professional and personal skills you need to excel in your chosen career.

Our teaching style brings politics to life, bridging the gap between theory and practice. We launched an undergraduate module that's formally accredited and co-taught by the House of Commons. It was the first of its kind in the UK and has since been rolled out all over the world.

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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Department of Politics
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Email katie.hunter@sheffield.ac.uk

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