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Politics

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:30

Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit or equivalent. English (Language or Literature) and Maths GCSE required as separate qualifications at grades A* - C (9 -4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

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

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112

from at least two A Levels. Plus five GCSEs at grades A*–C (9 - 4) including English Language and Maths.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Politics

Politics is all around us, shaping our world as well as our everyday lives.

This course will give you insight, knowledge and understanding of the role politics plays at local, national and global levels. With our internationally renowned experts, you’ll gain both the practical and theoretical knowledge you’ll need to understand and influence our world.

Choose from a wide range of module options, including British Government and Politics, Global Comparative Politics, Politics in Action, Comparative Local Government and Power, Politics and Morality.

**Key features:**

- Benefit from opportunities to engage in debates, attend conferences and learn from guest speakers. Previous Politics students have had opportunities to present at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

- Our DMU Works careers programme can help you get work-ready through placement opportunities with local, national and global companies. Students have landed placement roles at the House of Commons, Welsh Assembly, GlaxoSmithKline and Rolls-Royce.

- We are the only university in the UK to hold both ‘Congress to Campus’ and ‘European Parliament to Campus’ events, which see prominent political figures visit DMU to enhance your learning experience.

- Study at a university recognised as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence because of the high standards of research and teaching in European studies.

- Add an extra dimension to your studies through our DMU Global international experience scheme. Politics students have recently been on study-related trips to Hong Kong, Brussels and Washington, D.C. For instance, students analysed the impact of the cold war on Berlin and considered how politics has affected the German economy.

Modules

YEAR ONE: Introduction to Politics, Introduction to Contemporary International Relations, Global Comparative Politics, British Government and Politics
YEAR TWO: Political Theory, Political Analysis, Politics in Action, Plus options from the following: Politics of the European Union, Unity and Diversity in, Contemporary America, Government and Business, Governance, Corruption and its Avoidance, Comparative Local Government
YEAR THREE: Dissertation, Plus options from the following: Globalisation and Democracy, American Presidency, Public Policy Making, Power, Politics and Morality, Politics of Nationalism, Managing the Environment, Government and Politics of China

Assessment methods

You will be taught by a team whose work has achieved top scores in quality assessment exercises and by individuals who have National Teaching Fellow Status in recognition of their outstanding teaching. We are also active researchers and share our current work with you.

We use a variety of formats in our classes. In the first two years you attend weekly hour-long lectures and seminars in which you discuss the issues raised in lectures. In the third year teaching is in a two-hour workshop format where you often get to decide on the topics that are debated.

Throughout the course you will read around the areas being covered using course books and you must keep yourself up-to-date with developments in current affairs.

Assessment is through coursework (presentations, seminar contributions, your portfolio, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test. You will also be challenged through simulation games, problem solving exercises, online collaborative projects and policy papers. Assessment is typically weighted as follows in your first year:

Exam: 47%
Coursework: 53%
These assessment weightings are indicative only. The exact weighting may vary depending on option modules chosen by students and teaching methods deployed by the academic member of staff each year. Indicative assessment weighting and assessment type per module are shown as part of the module information. Again these are based on the current academic session.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,250
per year
International
£14,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leicester Campus

Department:

Business and Law

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

65%
low
Politics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
60%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

56%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
59%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
48%
Male students
52%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
15%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
49%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Politics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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