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Course summary

Politics is the art or science of government, the jockeying of groups with different interests to get allocated the resources, power, lifestyle or identity they want recognised. Focus on real-life political decision-making and policies, and discover how international politics shapes all of our lives, by studying our BA (Hons) Politics degree in Cambridge. On this politics course you’ll study the practical and theoretical aspects of modern politics and international relations, and thereby gain insights into our past, present and future on both a local and global scale. You’ll examine relevant political debates from a historical, philosophical and sociological perspective. In doing so, we‘ll go beyond the ‘high politics’ of traditional theories and the workings of parliaments. Instead, you’ll be able to develop your own specialisms in areas such as global diplomacy, international relations, and international issues like climate change; protest movements like Black Lives Matter; the devolution of power away from central government; the politics of the new media; the politics of gender, and the place of race in modern society. Our specialist modules such as Race, Racism and Cultural Identity, Wrestling with Trump: the WWE and Modern Political Culture, and Politics and Social Media will allow you to engage with contemporary issues, developing a deeper understanding of modern politics. Why should I study politics? As a BA (Hons) Politics student at ARU, you’ll learn from expert tutors including historians, sociologists, criminologists and political scientists. Together, we’ll explore the latest theories, debates and research; examine domestic, European and international themes in politics, and consider the practical implications of political decision-making and policies. All our Politics students have the opportunity to study in the USA or Canada for a semester, and can apply for funding to help cover the cost. You could also take an optional placement year. What jobs can you get from studying politics? Once you’ve graduated, you might start a career in analysis, journalism or local or international politics, or other careers as in our Careers section below. What type of degree is Politics? This is a Bachelor’s degree in Politics. After your undergraduate politics degree you could continue to develop your skills with one of our full-time or part-time Masters degrees including our MA International Relations, and we have several options for cross-disciplinary research such as a history and politics degree at PhD level. Outstanding student support Join our student community in Cambridge and:

  • learn from expert tutors including historians, sociologists and political scientists
  • develop your own specialisms with a range of optional modules
  • choose to study in the USA for a semester, and apply for funding to help cover the cost
  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.
Careers Our BA (Hons) Politics graduates go on to work in a variety of fields, including local government, charities, NGOs, and European and international organisations and agencies. You might also explore career paths in public service, the criminal justice system, future energy policy and planning, security, negotiation and peacekeeping, or communication and media. As part of your degree you have the option to learn a language, through our Anglia Language Programme. This can boost your employability in international areas such as UN conflict resolution and diplomacy. You could also learn more, develop a specialism or start an exciting career in research with our MA International Relations, MA Sociology or MA Criminology. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.


Year 1 core modules: From Climate Change to the Media: Structures, Ideas and Research Methods in Political Science; Global Sociology; Contemporary Inequalities; Rights and Responsibilities. Year 2 core modules: Contemporary African and Asian Politics; Ruskin Module; Mobilities and Migration; The Research Toolkit - Design and Delivery. Year 2 optional modules: Globalisation and Security; The United States in the 20th Century; Sociology of Health Inequalities; Europe in the Age of the First World War; From Welfare State to European State? British politics and society, 1906-1975; Intoxicants and Intoxication. Year 3 core modules: Undergraduate Major Project; Politics and Social Media; Politics in Action. Year 3 optional modules: Feminist Debates and Activism; Sport, Globalisation and International politics; Race, Racism and Cultural Identity; The Cold War: the World Divided; The Era of Thatcher and Blair; Wrestling with Trump: – the WWE and Modern Political Culture; Capitalism in Crisis: The Depression and War in Europe. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Assessment method

We’ll assess your progress using a combination of essays, exams, case studies, optional work experience and presentations.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

2020 Entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when apply opens for the exact requirements. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

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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

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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