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:

  • understanding global politics
  • parliamentary studies
  • international human rights
  • the American presidency
  • civil rights
  • US foreign policy
You will also study American and Canadian history, literature, culture, film, music and art. You have the opportunity to experience North America, by applying to study abroad for a year at a US or Canadian university. You can do this by transferring to the study abroad programme at the end of your first year. The option to study abroad is dependent on your academic performance and the availability of places.


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. In Politics you will choose one core module. In American studies, you will choose between 'Key Texts in American Social and Political Thought' or 'North American Regions'. You can apply to spend your third year studying in the USA, transferring to a four-year course and returning to Nottingham for your final year to complete your course. In your final year, you will undertake a dissertation on a topic of your choice in politics or American studies. You will also take optional modules from a wide selection to make up your remaining credits. Placement and volunteering opportunities are available in the School of English and the Department of American and Canadian Studies, as well as via the Nottingham Advantage Award.

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