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Politics

Entry requirements


At least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits from level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course. accredited course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language at grade C or 4 Mathematics at grade C or 4

UCAS Tariff

104

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: BCC at A Level. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Politics

Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.
Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.

**Course summary**
- Learn about the latest thinking in analysing and explaining political trends and issues.

- Gain a critical understanding of political institutions, ideologies and theories.

- Gain work experience with well-known organisations.

- Visit Brussels for a chance to meet policy makers and politicians.

Develop the skills to formulate and defend complex ideas, the ability to think clearly and objectively, and be given the platform to debate convincingly. By focusing on the application of political ideas in the real world, this degree supports you in a variety of career paths.

**How you learn**
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

At each level of study teaching is structured to provide you with the skills necessary to succeed. Classwork is supplemented by guest speakers drawn from the public, academic, non-governmental and campaign sectors which provide not only different perspectives on real world issues but also an insight into the knowledge and skills required to work in these sectors.

You learn through

- lectures

- seminars

- away days

- workshops

- e-learning

- placement opportunities

- guest lecturers

- extracurricular activities such as publishing and editing Politics Review Magazine, and joining the Model UN Simulation Society, the Politics Society, and the Debating Society

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.

**Applied learning
Work placements**

You will have the opportunity to take a semester long work placement in your second year. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Examples include assisting members of parliament, working for NGOs, campaign groups or the council.

**Live projects**

If you choose a non-placement routes, you will receive employer engagement through our sector leading Venture Matrix enterprise, where employers invite you to help them address the issues their organisations need to resolve.

**Field trips**

A five-day visit to the European Union headquarters in Brussels will give you the opportunity to meet policy makers, politicians, and various representatives of non-governmental organisations. This field trip is provided at no extra cost.

**Language option**

Improve your employability and degree of internationalisation by studying a language. Throughout the course you have the option to study a language of your choice for credit, whether you are a beginner or at a more advanced level. Languages available include French, Spanish, German, Italian, Catalan, Portuguese, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese.

Modules

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Graduate Study Skills 20
Introduction To International Relations 20
Introduction To Political Thought 20
Introduction To Politics And Society 20
The Politics Of Post War Britain 20
Elective modules
Foreign Language 20
The Politics Of The Usa 20

Year 2
Compulsory modules
Contemporary Political Philosophy 20
Europe And The European Union 20
Research Methods In Politics 20
Elective modules
Britain In The World: British Foreign And Defence Policy In The Modern Era 20
Comparative Politics 10
Contemporary War And Security Studies 20
Divided Societies 20
Foreign Language 20
Society And Nature: The Politics Of The Environment 20
Studies Abroad In Applied Social Sciences 50
Work Placement (Politics And Sociology) 60
Work Project 20

Final year
Compulsory modules
Dissertation (Politics) 40
Elective modules
Anarchism: Direct Action In Theory And Practice 20
British Political Parties In The Modern Era 20
Charity And Community 20
Comparing Social Issues And Policy In A Global Context 20
Failed States And Democratisation 20
Foreign Language 20
Politics Of The City 20
Power, Politics And Paranoia: Contemporary Issues Dividing The Great Powers 20
Sex, Gender And World Politics 20
Terrorism And Counter-Terrorism 20
Theories And Methods Of Conflict Transformation 20
Understanding Human Rights: Disrupting Universalism 20

Assessment methods

Coursework
Practicals
Exams

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,415
per year
International
£14,415
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

College of Social Sciences and Arts

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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.

80%
med
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

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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

67%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
68%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
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?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
69%
Male students
31%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

Politics

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.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
35%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Customer service occupations
9%
Business, research and administrative professionals
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

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.

£19k

£19k

£24k

£24k

£25k

£25k

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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