University of Winchester

Politics University of Winchester Degree level: Undergraduate

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  • Politics at Winchester has averaged 96% overall satisfaction since 2013 in National Student Surveys of final-year undergraduate students

  • Join a thriving Politics Society and attend events arranged by the Centre for English Identity and Politics, run by former MP and cabinet minister John Denham

  • Benefit from small numbers in many optional course modules, which allow for rewarding discussions and debates and closer interaction with staff, including opportunities to gain work experience and academic credit via volunteering to work in political institutions

  • Gain a global perspective on the complex issues facing the modern world

  • Study abroad at Westminster College, USA, in your second year as part of the American Exchange Programme

Are you fascinated by current affairs, international trends and the vertiginous pace of change in the contemporary world? In studying Politics at Winchester you grapple with the most contentious political questions of today at national, regional and local levels. And you address hugely important issues, including economic globalisation, technological interconnection, the alleged ‘clash of civilisations’, the politics of war, energy security and environmental dislocation.

It’s impossible to escape the central role the US exerts on all these contemporary issues and that is a major focus. But you also analyse rival power structures in China, Russia, Japan, or India. Some modules take a closer look at the place of the US in the world order from the perspective of other nations. Finally, in a world full of uncertainty, much of it created either by or in conflict with the US, you study the new challenge of ‘rogue states’ and non-state actors, including terrorist groups.

When you study a political theme it is set in a wide range of contexts, including historical, geographical, economic, social and cultural. This gives you the theoretical framework of knowledge you need to understand the modern world in depth. Our aim is for you to develop your content knowledge and political awareness, and be able to confidently use a variety of intellectual concepts and skills.

Year 1 gives you a solid grounding in global political studies, including an introduction to British and American politics and Human Rights in the Global Political Economy.

In Years 2 and 3, you study the institutions and concepts behind US foreign policy, and the challenges of globalisation and you can choose across a wide range of fascinating optional modules available for you to explore your special interests. These include Global Governance, Diplomatic and Security Studies, The Modern American Presidency, China: Twenty-first Century Challenges, Sexual Violence and Politics, and the Politics of Food Production. You also produce a dissertation in your final year on a topic of your choice, subject to approval from tutors expert in the field.

Previous students on the Politics programme have commented that the small numbers in lectures and tutorials allow close interaction with the tutors and that the teaching is intellectually stimulating and passionate. The course has also won Programme of the Year at the university’s own Student-Led Teaching Awards.

Give your future career an edge

Our graduates bring a global perspective and transferable skills in time management, problem solving and critical thinking to the workplace. They are prepared to address the complex issues facing the modern world. These skills open up a number of career paths, including roles in national and local government, the civil and foreign service, interest groups, aid agencies, non-government organisations and charities. Students have also gone into careers in law, teaching and business.

Course details

Modules

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How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code L290
Institution code W76
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications and use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) guidelines to confirm their equivalence.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 points A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 in English Language is required.
Access to HE Diploma We welcome applications from students who are completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma. We normally look for applicants to have studied a course that is in a similar subject and offers are usually made in line with our published tariff point range.

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of 2 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 2 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. We welcome applicants who have completed the Extended Project (EP/EPQ) and points obtained from this qualification will be included in any offer. In addition, we accept a maximum of 32 points from level 3 qualifications below A2 that are included in the tariff (e.g. AS-levels not studied at A-level, music or dance qualifications).

If you are a mature student, your application will be considered on its individual merits and work or other professional experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of other published requirements.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,300 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For further information about any additional costs associated with this course please see the individual course page on the University of Winchester website (www.winchester.ac.uk).

Provider information

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Winchester
Hampshire
SO22 4NR


Clearing contact details

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