Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code LV25
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Politics Philosophy

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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 combination of subjects gives you the chance to examine ideas about human nature and society that underpin political theory. You'll study modules in the Department of Politics and the Department of Philosophy. Half your modules will be in politics, the other half in philosophy.

Politics teaching includes 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.

First-year modules include Introduction to Political Analysis and An Introduction to Western Political Thought. In the second and third years, you'll take more compulsory and optional modules followed by a project module or a dissertation.

The philosophy side of the course is flexible. There are no compulsory modules. You can develop your understanding of key areas such as ethics, philosophy of mind, theory of knowledge, political philosophy, metaphysics and logic. We also teach courses on major figures in the history of philosophy such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes and Hegel.

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 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.

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

Department of Philosophy

We pride ourselves on our research-led teaching; our staff are among the best in the world at what they do. They're active researchers so your lectures and seminars are informed, relevant and exciting. We'll teach you how to think carefully, analytically and creatively.

The department is a community. We share a belief that our subject is relevant, even vital, to people outside the university. We run sessions on careers, so you're clear how your degree can make you an asset to an employer. Through projects like Philosophy in the City, you'll use what you learn to make a difference in the community.

And we look after each other. You'll get a personal adviser, a member of staff to guide you through your time here. You also have the option of a Philosophy Mentor, a second or third year student to support you during your first year.

Department of Philosophy 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

"Sheffield's fantastic because the lectures are really friendly and they're all really approachable, and there are loads of different ways to get involved apart from your lectures.""

Emma Shepherd

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Department of Politics
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