Course details

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

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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

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 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 + 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.

Course information on Department of Politics and International Relations website

Course information on Department of Philosophy website

First year

Core modules:

Analysing Politics

Optional modules:

British Politics
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to Global Political Economy
Introduction to International Relations
Introduction to Western Political Thought
Matters of Life and Death
Mind, Brain and Personal Identity
Self and Society
Writing Philosophy
Death
Elementary Logic
Film and Philosophy
History of Ethics
History of Philosophical Ideas
Knowledge, Justification and Doubt
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Sex
Reason and Argument

Second year

Core modules:

Political Analysis: Research Design and Data Analysis

Optional modules:

Autocracies and Democracies
Contemporary Security Challenges
Development
Ethics: Theoretical and Practical
Feminism
Formal Logic
Human Rights, Power and Politics
International Relations Theory
Metaphysics
Oppression and Resistance
Philosophy of Education
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of the Arts
Plato
Political Philosophy
Political Theory in Practice
Religion and the Good Life
The Left: Past, Present & Future
The Political Economy of Global Capitalism
The Politics and Government of the European Union
The Rationalists
Theory of Knowledge

Third year

Optional modules:

Dissertation (Work Related)
Dissertation in Political Analysis
Dissertation in Politics
Animals, Ethics and Politics
Anti-Politics and Democratic Crisis
Aristotle
Britain and the European Union
Civilisation, Empire and Hegemony
Corporations in Global Politics: Possibilities, Tensions, and Ambiguities
Feminism
For the Love of Knowledge: Topics in Analytic and Social Epistemology
Framing Politics? Economic Ideas as Political Weapons
Free Will & Religion
German Politics: Domestic Contestation and Global Impact
Global Justice
Hegel and the Phenomenology of Spirit
Hunger in the Global North
Justice in World Politics
Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence
Liberalism and its Critics
Marx and Contemporary Marxism
Metaphysics
Moral Theory and Moral Psychology
Narcopolitics
Pandemics and Panics: Health, Security and Global Politics
Parliamentary Studies
Party Politics: Competition, Strategies & Campaigns
Peacekeeping, State-building and International Intervention
Phenomenology
Philosophical Problems 1
Philosophical Problems II
Philosophical Project 1
Philosophical Project 2
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Medicine
Philosophy of Psychology
Political Ecology: Power, Nature and Society
Political Theory in An Age of Total War
Research Project 1
Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict
Sources of Normativity
Terrorism, Violence and the State
The Making of the Modern Middle East
The Political Economy of Africa
The Political Economy of Social Policy
The Political Philosophy of Climate Change
The Radical Demand in Logstrup's Ethics
The Rationalists
War, Peace and Justice
Work Place Learning

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.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 13%
Independent study 87%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 31%
Coursework 69%
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

Department of Philosophy

We pride ourselves on the diversity of our modules and the high quality of our 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.

Our staff and students use philosophy to engage with real world issues. You will be able to use what you learn to make a difference in the community, through projects like Philosophy in the City, an innovative and award-winning programme that enables students to teach philosophy in schools, homeless shelters and centres for the elderly. Out students run a thriving Philosophy Society and the only UK undergraduate philosophy journal. Our Centre for Engaged Philosophy pursues research into questions of fundamental political and social importance, from criminal justice and social inclusion to climate ethics, all topics that are covered in our teaching. Philosophy changes our perspective on the world, and equips and motivates us to make a difference.

Department of Philosophy 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 and International Relations



"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
Philosophy

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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