Politics Bournemouth University


This degree gives you the opportunity to consider how power is allocated, who takes part in collective decision making at multiple levels, the meaning and experiences of justice, conflict, (in)equality and citizenship, and consider these in the context of the most pressing contemporary global issues. At the same time, whether talking about the UK’s negotiation to leave the EU, the conflict in Syria, North Korean nuclear testing, the global response to climate change, or NHS funding, politics exists in a hyper-mediated environment, which raises challenges and opportunities for citizens, commentators, politicians and political organisations.

Combining insights from economics, psychology, history and philosophy, you will evaluate the interplay between citizens, media, politicians, political organisations and political systems. This degree also examines the opportunities and challenges that come with doing politics in a hyper-mediated environment.

The first, foundational year will give you a grounding in the theories and practices related to political philosophy, sociology and international relations. In the second year, you’ll also encounter political journalism, digital communications, marketing and campaigning, and advocacy. You will also have the opportunity in your second and final year to tailor the course by selecting options that help bring your studies in line with your passions, interests and ultimately your career aspirations.

Outside the classroom you can expand this acquired knowledge through study abroad opportunities and a range of internationally focused activities on and off campus, such as conferences and speaker seminars as well as fieldtrips to locations such as Westminster and Brussels, and local government and charities. You are also encouraged to engage in current research, working alongside staff as student research assistants which can lead to publications in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    4 years

Course details


On this course you’ll develop a clear understanding of UK and international politics, gaining the critical and practical skills you need to engage in modern politics. Combining insights from psychology, history, international relations and philosophy, you'll learn to evaluate politicians, political systems and organisations. This course also examines the opportunities and challenges that come with doing politics in a hyper-mediated environment.

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 P486
Institution code B50
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 112 points The entry requirements for this course are 104 - 112 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

Excluded subjects: General Studies
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points)
Access to HE Diploma 102-112 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28-30 points overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects.
Scottish Advanced Higher 104-112 tariff points from 2 Advanced Highers.

This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,750 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

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

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