The University of Edinburgh

Degree level: Undergraduate

Politics

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Course summary

Politics is about power, people, institutions and the nature of the just society. It is a dynamic subject area, rapidly and constantly evolving and affecting the lives of everyone. You will receive an in-depth understanding of political theory, public policy and politics both within and among nations. Drawing on the expertise of leading academics and researchers in their field, you will explore the origins and present-day contexts of power and international conflicts, understand the processes of governance and consider the morality of political action, the boundaries of freedom and the limits of justice.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeL200
Institution code E56
Campus nameCentral area campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level A*AA - ABB Required subjects: A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: English at C or 4.
Scottish Higher AAAAA - AAAA Applicants who achieve these grades by end of S5 will be preferred. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S5. Required subjects: Highers: no specific Higher subjects required. National 5s: English at C.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 43 - 39 points 43 points with 776 at HL - 39 points with 666 at HL. Required subjects: HL: no specific subjects required. SL: English at 5.

Full, detailed entry requirements including subject requirements, English language requirements, an explanation of typical offers, and other accepted qualifications, including international qualifications, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website along with important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level ABB Required subjects: A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: English at C or 4.
Scottish Higher ABBB These grades must be achieved by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S5. Required subjects: Highers: no specific Higher subjects required. National 5s: English at C.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 points 34 points with 655 at HL. Required subjects: HL: no specific subjects required. SL: English at 5.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Scotland £1820* Year 1
EU £22000 Year 1
International £22000 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Scotland In 2020-21 the fee level set by the Scottish Government was £1,820. The 2021-22 fee rate is expected to be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2021. Students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of their tuition fees. England/Wales/N Ireland The Rest of UK (RUK) rate is yet to be confirmed and was £9,250 for 2020 entry. For 2021 entry this may increase in line with inflation and will be subject to government limits. EU On 9th July 2020 the decision was made by the Scottish Government to end free university tuition for European Union (EU) students starting in 2021-22. Funding policy for EU nationals and associated groups starting a course of study in academic year 2021-22 or later will be in line with international fees – we will provide further information as soon as we can International - Full time international students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme
Politics at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS