Durham University

Politics Durham University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Teaching is at the centre of the activities of the School of Government and International Affairs and you will enjoy a vibrant and challenging intellectual environment. The School places great importance on research-led teaching, which integrates new and cutting-edge research into the curriculum and introduces you to a variety of research-oriented skills and research-based projects.

Undergraduate teaching is structured around three main streams: Political Thought, Political Institutions, and International Relations. You will move from generalist courses in these areas in your early years to more specialised options in Politics which explore the diverse and dynamic politics of the contemporary world. Modules in the second and third years reflect the research expertise of the School’s members of staff. Such areas include, but are not limited to European Politics, Political Thought, Middle East Politics, the Politics of East Asia and International Theory.

Year 1 Compulsory modules:
Political Theory
Democratic Political Systems
Comparative Politics
Researching Politics and International Relations.
Plus two of the following: International Security, Interdependence and Organisation / Global Regions in International Relations / Introduction to International Relations OR ONE module offered by another department OR ONE module offered by the Centre for Foreign Language Study.

Year 2 Compulsory modules:
Research Project EITHER Foundations of Western Political Thought OR Analytical Politics
Plus FOUR of the following modules which can include the one above not chosen previously. These may vary annually but in the past have included: International Theory / The Politics of Pacific Asia / International Organisations / Global Political Economy / Sovereignty, State and Empire / Democracy and Democratic Theory / Class, Nation and British Politics / Introduction to Politics and International Relations of the Middle East / European Politics / One module offered by another department OR one module offered by the Centre for Foreign Language Study.

Year 3 Compulsory module: Dissertation (Double).
Optional modules vary but in the past have included: The American Presidency / The Ethics of Violence in International Relations / Theories of Liberty / Elections and British Politics / ONE module offered by another department.

We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2020 entry from September 2019.

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How to apply

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAA General information on subjects/grades required for entry:
Grade A in at least one accepted social science or humanities subject.

Specific subjects excluded for entry:
General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Information:
Please see the website for a list of accepted social science and humanities subjects.
Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD General information on subjects/grades required for entry:
Distinction in at least one accepted social science or humanities subject.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants may be required to meet additional subject-specific requirements for particular courses at Durham.

General information on subjects/grades required for entry:
Sufficient credits in at least one accepted social science or humanities subject. Due to the range of qualifications available we are unable to specify a specific amount of credits to meet this requirement, however if you would like more information please contact us with your application ID, or module list, so that we may advise appropriately.
Scottish Higher AAAAB Departments will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. In the absence of 3 Advanced Highers, where these are not offered by the applicant’s school, offers comprising of Advanced Highers and Highers or a number of Highers may be made on a case by case basis.

General information on subjects/grades required for entry:
Grade A at AH level in an accepted social science or humanities subject.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, D3 General information on subjects/grades required for entry:
Grade D3 in an accepted social science or humanities subject.
Extended Project Not accepted
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 37 points General information on subjects/grades required for entry:
To include 6, 6, 6 at Higher Level, including grade 6 in a Higher Level accepted social science or humanities subject.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 General information on subjects/grades required for entry:
Grade H2 at Higher Level in an accepted social science or humanities subject.
Scottish Advanced Higher AAA General information on subjects/grades required for entry:
Grade A at AH level in an accepted social science or humanities subject.

Grade A / 7 in a Social Science or Humanities Subject at GCSE, is preferred but not required.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £20,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Provider information

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Durham University
The Palatine Centre
Stockton Road
Durham
DH1 3LE


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