Sheffield Hallam University

Politics Sheffield Hallam University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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  • Learn about the latest thinking in analysing and explaining political trends and issues.

  • Gain a critical understanding of political institutions, ideologies and theories.

  • Gain work experience with well-known organisations.

  • Visit Brussels for a chance to meet policy makers and politicians.

Develop the skills to formulate and defend complex ideas, the ability to think clearly and objectively, and be given the platform to debate convincingly. By focusing on the application of political ideas in the real world, this degree supports you in a variety of career paths.

How you learn

At each level of study teaching is structured to provide you with the skills necessary to succeed. Classwork is supplemented by guest speakers drawn from the public, academic, non-governmental and campaign sectors which provide not only different perspectives on real world issues but also an insight into the knowledge and skills required to work in these sectors.

You learn through

  • lectures

  • seminars

  • away days

  • workshops

  • e-learning

  • placement opportunities

  • guest lecturers

  • extracurricular activities such as publishing and editing Politics Review Magazine, and joining the Model UN Simulation Society, the Politics Society, and the Debating Society

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Applied learning
Work placements

You will have the opportunity to take a semester long work placement in your second year. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Examples include assisting members of parliament, working for NGOs, campaign groups or the council.

Live projects

If you choose a non-placement routes, you will receive employer engagement through our sector leading Venture Matrix enterprise, where employers invite you to help them address the issues their organisations need to resolve.

Field trips

A five-day visit to the European Union headquarters in Brussels will give you the opportunity to meet policy makers, politicians, and various representatives of non-governmental organisations. This field trip is provided at no extra cost.

Language option

Improve your employability and degree of internationalisation by studying a language. Throughout the course you have the option to study a language of your choice for credit, whether you are a beginner or at a more advanced level. Languages available include French, Spanish, German, Italian, Catalan, Portuguese, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese.

Course details


Year 1
Compulsory modules
Graduate Study Skills 20
Introduction To International Relations 20
Introduction To Political Thought 20
Introduction To Politics And Society 20
The Politics Of Post War Britain 20
Elective modules
Foreign Language 20
The Politics Of The Usa 20

Year 2
Compulsory modules
Contemporary Political Philosophy 20
Europe And The European Union 20
Research Methods In Politics 20
Elective modules
Britain In The World: British Foreign And Defence Policy In The Modern Era 20
Comparative Politics 10
Contemporary War And Security Studies 20
Divided Societies 20
Foreign Language 20
Society And Nature: The Politics Of The Environment 20
Studies Abroad In Applied Social Sciences 50
Work Placement (Politics And Sociology) 60
Work Project 20

Final year
Compulsory modules
Dissertation (Politics) 40
Elective modules
Anarchism: Direct Action In Theory And Practice 20
British Political Parties In The Modern Era 20
Charity And Community 20
Comparing Social Issues And Policy In A Global Context 20
Failed States And Democratisation 20
Foreign Language 20
Politics Of The City 20
Power, Politics And Paranoia: Contemporary Issues Dividing The Great Powers 20
Sex, Gender And World Politics 20
Terrorism And Counter-Terrorism 20
Theories And Methods Of Conflict Transformation 20
Understanding Human Rights: Disrupting Universalism 20

Assessment method


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

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Course code L200
Institution code S21
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 points This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

BCC at A Level.
DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.
Access to HE Diploma At least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits from level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course. accredited course.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English Language at grade C or 4
Mathematics at grade C or 4

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

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English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 With at least 5.5 in all skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,650 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

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Provider information

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Sheffield Hallam University
City Campus
Howard Street
S1 1WB

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