Politics and American Studies at University of Nottingham - UCAS

Course summary

Are you passionate about politics, or even want to be a politician? Do you want to make the world a better place? This course will provide the intellectual training to understand a range of political ideas. It will also give you a deeper knowledge of how governments work in today's world, alongside sharpening your research, presentational and analytical skills. We offer a wide variety of modules in both politics and American studies, covering:

  • global politics
  • parliamentary studies
  • international human rights
  • the American presidency
  • civil rights
  • immigration
  • US foreign policy
  • British and American party politics
You will also study American and Canadian history, literature, culture, film, music and art. Hollywood Internships programme This course is perfect for a career in the creative industries. At Nottingham, you can gain valuable experience through internships, placements, and work opportunities. No more so though than with our prestigious Hollywood Internships programme, unique to Nottingham. Previous internships have involved:
  • First-reading of incoming film and television scripts
  • Collecting audience data and preparing evaluation reports
  • Filming interviews with Hollywood veterans for the archive
  • Training, masterclasses, professional lectures and panels
  • Working front of house at special screenings and industry events
Indicative partner organisations include A24, CAA, Disney, Warner, Paramount, Sony, Lionsgate, UTA, and WME. Our partners, and the number and nature of the internships, change each year. Vacancies are advertised in the Autumn term for students in years two and above. These are highly competitive positions, and places are not guaranteed. Terms and conditions apply. The internships are supported through the generosity of Peter Rice, Nottingham graduate and former Chair of Disney General Entertainment Content. The awards are competitive and open exclusively to our students.


In year one you will typically take modules in international relations, political theory, and comparative politics, as well as American history and culture. You will learn to compare political institutions and behaviour in Western liberal democracies, gaining a thorough understanding of the history of political ideas. In year two, you will choose from a range of optional modules to begin tailoring your degree to your interests and career aspirations. There is also an optional Work Placement module for developing hands-on experience and enhancing employability. In your final year, you will undertake a dissertation on a topic of your choice in Politics or American and Canadian studies. You will also take optional modules from a wide selection to make up your remaining credits.

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

European Baccalaureate - 80% Overall

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £21500* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £21500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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Politics and American Studies at University of Nottingham - UCAS