Politics at Keele University - UCAS

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Course summary

A controversial subject to many but one that is at the forefront of modern society. Who is in power? What makes a good leader? How are we impacted by worldwide events? Politics at Keele is designed to help you understand society and the events and forces that shape it. Politics is not just the concern of politicians - it is about big issues that affect every individual, such as the environment and human rights. Our wide-ranging course develops your knowledge and understanding of government, people, ideas, institutions, and their interactions. Join a close-knit and supportive academic community, discover new ideas, understand various perspectives and debate big questions. Develop skills in critical thinking, communication and problem-solving, applicable to a wide range of careers. Why choose this course?

  • No. 1 in the UK. Britain's best university, as ranked by students (Student Crowd University Awards, 2022)
  • Tailor your programme based on your interests and career aspirations
  • Become part of a close-knit and supportive academic community that encourages you to discuss, argue and debate with your lecturers and peers, and better appreciate the views of others
  • Research-led teaching, providing insight into new and traditional topics, developing your analytical skills
  • Enhance your employability prospects with study abroad and work placement options
Politics matters because it shapes who gets what, when, how, why and where. Politics at Keele helps you to understand society and the events and forces which shape it, engaging with questions of power, justice, conflict, legitimacy, accountability, and governance. At Keele, we encourage students to take an active role in the learning process. Our wide-ranging course means that alongside learning the core of the subject, you can tailor your studies to suit your own particular areas of interest, whether these are theoretical, historical, empirical or related to specific issues. Politics at Keele boasts research expertise in the core areas of political study:
  • British politics
  • US politics
  • Comparative politics
  • Environmental politics
  • Political theory
  • Public policy
  • Elections and voting
  • Political parties
  • Russian politics
You will be taught by our award-winning research-active members of staff in small tutorial groups. You will be part of an active, friendly, and supportive academic community where you are encouraged to share your views and debate the most relevant and controversial contemporary political issues, examining core debates and issues such as 'why are people becoming disillusioned with politics?', 'what is a democracy?' or 'when is it legitimate to resist the state?. About Keele Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.


For a list of indicative modules please visit the course page on the Keele University website.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

Please note, our fees for 2025 entry will be available soon. Although we review our fees annually and these may change, our 2024 entry fees are detailed on our course pages, and a summary is available on our website: keele.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/tuitionfeesandfunding/undergraduatetuitionfees/
Politics at Keele University - UCAS