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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary

  • Learn the latest thinking in analysing and explaining political trends or issues.
  • Develop a critical understanding of political institutions, ideologies and theories.
  • Gain valuable 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 – and the ability to think clearly and objectively. 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
  • joining the Model UN Simulation Society, the Politics Society, and the Debating Society
Throughout the course you’ll be able to improve your employability by studying a language. You can study a language of your choice for credit – whether you’re a beginner or at a more advanced level. Languages available include French, Spanish, German, Italian, Catalan, Portuguese, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese. 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. You will be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through a number of key areas. These include
  • access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments.
  • industry-specific employability activities such as live projects, learning in simulated environments and networking opportunities.
Applied learning - Work placements You’ll have the opportunity to take a semester-long work placement in your second year. This gives you 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 route, you’ll 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 You’ll be able to go on a five-day visit to the European Union headquarters in Brussels – where you’ll meet policy makers, politicians and various representatives from non-governmental organisations. This field trip is provided at no extra cost.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 - compulsory modules Graduate Study Skills Introduction To International Relations Introduction To Political Thought Introduction To Politics And Society The Politics Of Post War Britain Elective modules Foreign Language The Politics Of The Usa Year 2 Compulsory modules Contemporary Political Philosophy Europe And The European Union Research Methods In Politics Elective modules Britain In The World: British Foreign And Defence Policy In The Modern Era Comparative Politics Contemporary War And Security Studies Divided Societies Foreign Language Society And Nature: The Politics Of The Environment Studies Abroad In Applied Social Sciences Work Placement Work Project Year 3 Optional modules Placement Year Final year Compulsory modules Dissertation Elective modules Anarchism: Direct Action In Theory And Practice British Political Parties In The Modern Era Charity And Community Comparing Social Issues And Policy In A Global Context Failed States And Democratisation Foreign Language Politics Of The City Sex, Gender And World Politics Terrorism And Counter-Terrorism Theories And Methods Of Conflict Transformation Understanding Human Rights: Disrupting Universalism

Assessment method

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How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements


Please note that the information provided on this web page relates to 2023 courses and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15860 Year 1
International £15860 Year 1

Additional fee information

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/2025 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/2024 are £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Our tuition fees for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £15,860 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,500-£2000. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

Sponsorship information

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

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