The BA/BSc Politics provides students with a demanding and stimulating programme of study that focuses on political ideas and history in an international context.
The interaction of people, ideas and institutions is central to shaping the outcomes of political processes and government decision-making at global, national, regional and local levels.
Accordingly, the BA/BSc Politics relates the study of politics to developing knowledge and understanding of the relations between government and society. Exploring those issues gives a central place to questions of political order and decision making.
The programme will train students to think critically and independently about these issues and to develop the range of skills that will support their intellectual, vocational and personal development.
On the BA/BSc Politics, we encourage students to think of themselves as researchers, not just as students. As a student on the first year module, Research Methods in Politics, you will think about how you would investigate the important problems we face in politics. As part of this module you will produce your own proposal for such a piece of research. You will build on these skills as the programme continues, culminating in your third year Dissertation, where many of you will conduct your own research on a subject of your choice.
After a grounding in core concepts and issues in the first year, students have a considerable amount of choice in the second and third years, with a range of option courses available and the opportunity for individual research. As befits the department these options include modules that explore economic approaches to political decision-making. Students will have the opportunity to study a selected foreign language as part of the second and third years of their degree.
For further information please see our Online Prospectus or contact the Programme Director, Dr. Damien Bol.
Fees & funding
For further information please see our Online Prospectus or contact the Programme Administrator, Hannah Nevitt or the Programme Director, Dr Damien Bol.