De Montfort University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

Politics is all around us, shaping our world as well as our everyday lives. This course will give you insight, knowledge and understanding of the role politics plays at local, national and global levels. With our internationally renowned experts, you’ll gain both the practical and theoretical knowledge you’ll need to understand and influence our world. Choose from a wide range of module options, including British Government and Politics, Global Comparative Politics, Politics in Action, Comparative Local Government and Power, Politics and Morality. Key features:

  • Benefit from opportunities to engage in debates, attend conferences and learn from guest speakers. Previous Politics students have had opportunities to present at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
  • Our DMU Works careers programme can help you get work-ready through placement opportunities with local, national and global companies. Students have landed placement roles at the House of Commons, Welsh Assembly, GlaxoSmithKline and Rolls-Royce.
  • We are the only university in the UK to hold both ‘Congress to Campus’ and ‘European Parliament to Campus’ events, which see prominent political figures visit DMU to enhance your learning experience.
  • Study at a university recognised as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence because of the high standards of research and teaching in European studies.
  • Add an extra dimension to your studies through our DMU Global international experience scheme. Politics students have recently been on study-related trips to Hong Kong, Brussels and Washington, D.C. For instance, students analysed the impact of the cold war on Berlin and considered how politics has affected the German economy.

Course details


YEAR ONE: Introduction to Politics, Introduction to Contemporary International Relations, Global Comparative Politics, British Government and Politics YEAR TWO: Political Theory, Political Analysis, Politics in Action, Plus options from the following: Politics of the European Union, Unity and Diversity in, Contemporary America, Government and Business, Governance, Corruption and its Avoidance, Comparative Local Government YEAR THREE: Dissertation, Plus options from the following: Globalisation and Democracy, American Presidency, Public Policy Making, Power, Politics and Morality, Politics of Nationalism, Managing the Environment, Government and Politics of China

Assessment method

You will be taught by a team whose work has achieved top scores in quality assessment exercises and by individuals who have National Teaching Fellow Status in recognition of their outstanding teaching. We are also active researchers and share our current work with you. We use a variety of formats in our classes. In the first two years you attend weekly hour-long lectures and seminars in which you discuss the issues raised in lectures. In the third year teaching is in a two-hour workshop format where you often get to decide on the topics that are debated. Throughout the course you will read around the areas being covered using course books and you must keep yourself up-to-date with developments in current affairs. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, seminar contributions, your portfolio, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test. You will also be challenged through simulation games, problem solving exercises, online collaborative projects and policy papers. Assessment is typically weighted as follows in your first year: Exam: 47% Coursework: 53% These assessment weightings are indicative only. The exact weighting may vary depending on option modules chosen by students and teaching methods deployed by the academic member of staff each year. Indicative assessment weighting and assessment type per module are shown as part of the module information. Again these are based on the current academic session.

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

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6including a minimum of 5.5 in each component

or equivalent

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14250* Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Please note that fees for subsequent years of study for continuing students are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fee will be in line with RPI-X (linked to the retail price index) and the fee cap set by the Government.
Politics at De Montfort University - UCAS