University of Huddersfield

Politics University of Huddersfield Degree level: Undergraduate


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Some of the decisions that are made in governments and other institutions can have a huge effect on our lives, particularly now that we live in a truly globalised world. This course aims to give you an understanding of how those decisions are made, and encourages you to take an in-depth look at issues such as conflict resolution, democratisation and development, and systems of governance.

We'll give you the opportunity to gain a critical understanding of political processes and institutions, focusing specifically on British politics. You could look at political parties, political leadership, policy-making and elections, as well as political philosophy and global political issues. Then, in your second and third years, you can choose from a range of specialist modules to gain a deeper understanding of the aspects of your subject that interest you the most.

Today’s employers are looking for graduates who have transferable skills, such as the ability to put forward an argument and carry out in-depth research. We’ll provide you with the opportunity to understand the theory and apply it in the working environment, through an invaluable work placement in your second year.

From working for an MP to helping at a non-governmental organisation (NGO), educational institution or media outlet, you’ll be given the chance to gain some practical experience in a professional setting. In your second year you’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad for a term.

You’ll also have the chance to get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities. You could benefit from guest lecturers such as MPs and political figures, and engage in student-led debates. We also encourage students to get involved with the Student Politics Society to gain practical experience.

The course could lead to a rewarding and exciting career in a range of sectors. Previous graduates have gone on to roles in operations, education, media, human resources, marketing, business development and finance.

Politics in action
Alumni Charlie Rainsford secured a Clearing place on the politics course at The University of Huddersfield and is now working as a parliamentary researcher for shadow pensions minister and Labour MP Jack Dromey. Read ‘How going through Clearing helped Charlie get his dream job in politics’ -

Course details


Year 1
Core modules:
Exploring the Social Sciences
Human Rights in Contemporary Society
Introduction to Politics
Issues in Justice; Ethics and Citizenship

Year 2
Core modules:
Democracy and Democratisation
Professional Work Placement Module

Option modules
Choose three from a list which may include:
British Party Politics
Competing Perspectives on Development
Ethnicity and Nationalism
US Politics and Society

You may also have the opportunity to study abroad (outside of Europe) ( for a term in your second year. Within Europe, the University is also part of Erasmus+ (, the European Commission’s Exchange programme, giving you the chance to study for part of your degree in another country.

Year 3
Core module:
Final Year Project for the Social Sciences

Option modules
Choose four from a list which may include:
Humanity 2.0: Living and Participating in the Digital Age
Film and Cinema
The Government and Politics of Europe
Race; Ethnicity and Difference
Representing the Social: Culture and Society
Terrorism and Conflict Resolution

Assessment method

Assessment will include coursework, practice/ competency based learning and examination. 14% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

How to apply

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 L200
Institution code H60
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a grade B in an A Level or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or National Extended Certificate.
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. If you have alternative qualifications or do not meet the IELTS requirement we also offer a range of Pre-Sessional English Programmes (

You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning ( towards this course.

Applicants with or without standard entry requirements are welcomed, however you must have acceptable evidence of your suitability for the course, such as another relevant qualification. You may wish to contact us for advice before applying if this is the situation.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements (

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,000 * Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 19/20 entry will be £9,250. Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and finance If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available Please email the Student Finance Office ( or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Sponsorship information

Please see our website for full details of the scholarship

Provider information

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University of Huddersfield

Clearing contact details

General Clearing for Applicants

Course contact details

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School of Human and Health Science - Admissions

+44 (0)1484 471451

Student Recruitment Team

+44 (0)1484 472625