Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code LL23
Duration 3 years
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Related subjects Sociology Politics

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Department of Politics and International Relations
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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 combines political analysis with policy studies, to powerful effect. You'll study modules in the Department of Politics and the Department of Sociology.

The politics part of the course introduces you to political theory and the big issues in contemporary politics. We'll teach you how to analyse political ideas, institutions and practices.

In sociology, you'll study modern industrial societies: patterns of social change, social interaction and the detail of everyday life.

The first year features Introduction to Political Analysis, The Politics of Globalisation, Introduction to Sociology, and Social Divisions in Contemporary Society. Optional sociology modules might include Understanding Inequality, Globalisation and World Cultures, and Science, Technology and Society.

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 local government department or a charity - and write about that.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

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 ABB
A Levels + additional qualifications BBB + B in the EPQ; BBB + B in Core Maths
International Baccalaureate 33
Scottish Highers AAABB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • BTEC relevant subject areas required are either Applied Law, Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Personal and Business Finance, Applied Psychology, Applied Science or Environmental Sustainability. No other subjects are accepted.
  • 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 4/C; 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

Department of Sociological Studies website

First year

Core modules:

Analysing Politics
Classical Sociological Theory
Exploring Classical Social Thought Seminars
The Sociological Imagination Seminar
The Sociology of Everyday Life

Optional modules:

British Politics
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to Global Political Economy
Introduction to International Relations
Introduction to Western Political Thought
Gender, Sexuality and Society
Introducing Criminology
Introduction to Media and Communication in Society
Introduction to Social Research
Social Divisions Seminar
Understanding Inequality
Welfare Politics and the State

Second year

Core modules:

Political Analysis: Research Design and Data Analysis
Sociological Theory and Analysis

Optional modules:

Contemporary Security Challenges
Crime, Justice and Social Policy
Digital Media and Social Change
Dynamics of Social Change and Policy
Human Rights, Power and Politics
International Relations Theory
Men, Feminism and Gender relations
Oppression and Resistance
Political Theory in Practice
Social Problems: Policy and Practice
Sociology of Work
The Left: Past, Present & Future
The Political Economy of Global Capitalism
The Politics and Government of the European Union
The Sociology of Crime and Deviance
Understanding 'Race' and Migration

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
Digital Health
Digital Identities
Extended Essay in Sociology
Extended Essay in Sociology
Framing Politics? Economic Ideas as Political Weapons
Intimacy and Personal Relationships
Justice in World Politics
Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence
Marx and Contemporary Marxism
Organised Crime & Illicit Markets
Pandemics and Panics: Health, Security and Global Politics
Parliamentary Studies
Party Politics: Competition, Strategies & Campaigns
Peacekeeping, State-building and International Intervention
Perspectives on inequalities
Political Psychology: The Personal Side of Politics
Political Theory in An Age of Total War
Politics and the Quality of Life
Queer Theory and the Media
Research Project 1
Sex, Race and Death: Feminist Perspectives on War, Violence and (In)Security
Social Media, Data and Society
Sociology of Evil
Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine
Terrorism, Violence and the State
The Making of the Modern Middle East
The Politics of Security
The Sociology of Surveillance
The Value of Sociology
Water, Climate, Energy
What it means to be human
Whiteness, Power and Privilege

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 two single honours courses on which this dual degree is based. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 11%
Independent study 89%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 23%
Coursework 77%
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

Department of Sociological Studies

You'll learn about key concepts like community, identity and welfare. Our degrees explore important sociological issues including crime, migration, gender and poverty.

Our world-leading research shapes our teaching, so you're always challenged and up to date. Our interdisciplinary approach brings sociologists, social policy analysts and social workers together under one roof.

Our staff are experts in their field and work with organisations in the UK and worldwide, bringing fresh perspectives to your studies. They'll give you the advice and support you need to excel in your subject. There are around 130 places available on our courses.

Department staff also play key roles in the Faculty of Social Science's Digital Society Network (DSN), an active group of researchers working on all aspects of digital-society relations. The DSN hosts events and activities to stimulate and support research in this area.

Our courses develop students who are socially aware, with strong analytical skills and a flair for approaching problems in new ways. You'll become skilled at research and bring your own insights to key issues that affect our lives. In your third year, specialist modules allow you to investigate current thinking on a wide range of topics. You'll learn about the latest research from subject experts and explore your ideas in workshop-style sessions.

Department of Sociological Studies 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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