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Entry requirements

A level


BBB A level General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not accepted

Access to HE Diploma


We welcome Access course applicants from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits. A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 of which at Level 3. These Level 3 credits must include at least 27 at distinction and 18 at merit. It is essential the Access course qualification is supplemented by at least a grade B in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE. Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application, this is normally in the form of a questionnaire.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade 4 (C) or equivalent

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


including no less than 5, 5, 5 in three Higher Level subjects

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


Check with the Department for acceptable subjects

UCAS Tariff


120 tariff points from 3 A levels or 3 A levels and 1 EPQ

About this course

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Full-time | 2022



This degree provides the analytical skills, and theoretical and methodological tools that will help you address the key questions that are central to understanding politics today.

You will learn to look beyond borders to develop an international understanding of politics in today’s increasingly interconnected world, understanding the central issues and trends that characterise twenty-first century politics.

Why are some countries becoming democratic while democracy is failing in others? How is political power distributed in different societies around the world? How has globalisation reshaped state and market institutions in different countries?

- Develop strong analytical skills, learning how to compare political phenomena taking place in different countries to improve your knowledge of contemporary politics

- Broaden your regional and country-level expertise with a range of modules on the politics of emerging powers

- Secure a micro-placement and work on a research project of your interest at a politics related field such as an NGO, a think tank, the house of commons, a political risk consultancy, the civil service or public affairs lobbying

- Benefit from our location within a department with a strong international focus, and our exciting opportunities for work placement and studying abroad.


First year modules: (all are core modules at 15 credits each)
- Politics and Power in World History
- Emerging Powers in a Changing World
- Introduction to Politics
- Puzzles of Comparative Politics
- Introduction to Political Theory
- Studying Politics
- Introduction to Political and Economic Data
- States, Societies and Politics: Comparative Perspectives from the Global South

Second year:

Core modules (All modules are 15 credits each):
- Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics

Choose at least 60 credits (4 modules) from:
- Political Risk Analysis
- Comparative Asian Politics
- Comparative Political Economy
- Violent politics: riots, civil wars and state repression
- Political Psychology: Emotion & Reason in Politics
- Theories of International Political Economy.

Choose remaining credits (a maximum of 30 credits) from:
- Transnational Social Movements
- Advanced Theories of Global Politics
- Security Studies: Conceptual Approaches
- Security Studies: Contemporary and Emerging Issues
- Foreign Policy Analysis 1: Theories and Issues
- Foreign Policy Analysis 2: Instruments and Practice
- New Media Challenges
- Understanding Social Change
- Sociology of Race and Racism
- Reporting Conflict
- Religion and Politics in the Age of Global Change
- Ordering the World: International thought in the twentieth century
- Analysing Political and Economic Data in the Real-World
- Practical Politics
- Advanced Principles of Economics: Financial Markets and Corporate Systems
- Political Psychology: Reason & Emotion in Politics
- Fifty Shades of Red – Russia in the Twentieth Century
- The American Century: The United States in the Twentieth Century
- Cultures of Benevolence: Philanthropy and Civil Society from 1601 to the Present
- The Making of Modern Japan
- India in the Eighteenth Century
- Contemporary Social Theory
- Data Journalism

Final year:

Core module:
- Final Year Dissertation Project

Elective modules – choose 75 credits (all modules are 15 credits each):
- Ethnicity and Nationalism: Global Comparisons
- The Global Politics of Forced Migration
- Political Economy of Global Inequality
- Geopolitical Macroeconomy
- Politics and International Relations of the Middle East
- Global Governance
- The Global Political Economy of Development
- Political Change in Europe
- Governance of the Global Economy
- Global Money and Finance
- Global Ethics: Power and Principle in World Politics
- The Theory and Practice of Conflict and Peace
- Advanced Topics in International Political Economy
- American Foreign Policy
- Global Migration Processes
- International News
- The Multinational Corporation: Governance, Politics, Ethics
- Sexuality and Gender in World Politics
- Technology, Money, Power
- Radicals and Reformers: Left-Wing Politics and Activism in Britain and the World since 1945
- Revolution: Rebels and Riots in Modern History
- The Holocaust in History and Memory
- Disruptive Divas. Riot Grrrls and Bad Sistas: A History of Women in Popular Music
- Poverty: What Counts?
- Reporting Business.

Assessment methods

The assessment weighting for year one is 10%, year two is 30% and year three is 60%.

You will be assessed by:

- Coursework (assessed essays and assignments).
- Unseen exams.
- Oral presentations.
- Other types of assessment methods that are suitable to specific modules.

In addition, the Politics BSc (Hons) involves two research projects:

- A 5,000-word research paper at the end of the second year.
- A 10,000-word dissertation submitted at the end of your third year.

You will choose the topics for both research projects, in consultation with your module leaders and supervisors.

These two research exercises are designed to help you develop and advance your conceptual and analytical knowledge in the field of politics, as well as key transferable skills that will become an asset when entering the professional world or embarking in further studies

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The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

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