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Politics University of Portsmouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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Overview
From Brexit to alternative truth, the NHS to the case for global intervention in North Korea, recent years have seen politics become increasingly divisive. If you want to understand why, and get an understanding of how the politics world works, this is the perfect course for you.

On this BA (Hons) Politics Degree Course you’ll study the contemporary challenges that politicians and the public face, as well as the historic flashpoints that led to the current governance of our society.

You'll finish the course primed for a career in the world of politics, but also with a raft of transferable skills sought after in sectors such as teaching, journalism and risk analysis.

What you'll experience
On this Politics course you’ll:

  • Take your interest in politics and add the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career

  • Keep up to date with the latest topics and issues in international relations by taking part in 'pop-up seminars' with staff and your peers

  • Learn from staff who are members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), the UK's largest research centre of its kind

  • Have the opportunity to publish your work in our student journal

  • Develop career-enhancing skills alongside your academic study with skills training, opportunities to do work experience and the chance to learn another language

  • Do a detailed academic analysis of a major contemporary political issues such as the role of gender in politics, radicalisation and the rise of the far right

  • Tailor your degree by choosing optional modules that match your interests and career ambitions

  • Have the chance to study abroad at one of our partner institutions – for example, Science Po Strasbourg (France), Maastricht University (Netherlands), Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and University of Szeged (Hungary)

You can also:

  • Diversify your skill set by learning another language as part of your course

  • Immerse yourself in another culture by studying abroad

Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What jobs can you do with a Politics degree?
The skills you’ll learn on this course lend themselves to many different industries. Previous graduates have gone onto work in jobs such as:

  • parliamentary researcher

  • politician’s assistant

  • public affairs consultant

  • social researcher

  • information officer

  • conference producer

  • local government administrator

You can work in areas such as national and local government, teaching, consultancy, marketing and business, and in organisations such as the UN, lobbying organisations, the NHS and think tanks.

After you graduate, you'll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

"The lecturers were great and made the university experience what it was. The curriculum was varied and they really knew how to push you to achieve great things." – Antony Innes , BA Hons Politics student

Course details

Modules

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Politics degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

Political Thought
Analysing Politics: Britain and Beyond
Global Development
Key Themes in International Relations
Politics and IR: Academic Enrichment Programme
Performing like a Pro: Skills for Academic and Professional Success

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

British Political Leadership
Bending the Truth a Little? Researching Politics and International Relations

Optional modules in this year currently include:

China and East Asian Economies
Comparing Extremist and Populist Movements in the Western World
Democratisation in Latin America
East Asian States and Societies
Economics and Politics of Development
From Revolution to Dictatorship - Russia & the Soviet Union 1917-1941
Gender in the Developing World
Global Environmental Issues and Concerns
Ideology and Politics
International Politics of the Middle East
Introduction to Teaching
Modern Foreign Language
Learning From Experience
Politics and IR: Academic Enrichment Programme
Politics and Policy in Action
Russian & Eurasian Politics
Study Abroad
The French Exception: Contemporary French Politics and Society
US Foreign Policy: From the Great War to 9/11
US Politics

Optional placement year

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core units in this year include:

Autocracy And Democracy

Optional units in this year currently include:

Africa Revisited: Nation Building and 'State Fragility' in Post-Colonial Africa
Comparative Public Policy and Public Administration
Digital Media and Democracy
Dissertation / Major Project
Ethnicity Class & Culture in the Developing World
France in the World: Global Actor or Global Maverick?
Global Capitalism: Past, Present and Future
Independent Project
Learning From Experience
Looking for Utopia, Finding Dystopia? Ideas and Ideologies in the New Millennium
Negotiation and Lobbying in the EU: A Simulation Game
NGOs and Social Movements
Politics and IR: Academic Enrichment Programme
Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
Security Challenges in the Twenty-First Century
Strategic Management and Leadership
Strategic Studies
Transitional Justice & Human Rights

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

article reviews
essays
projects
briefing papers
individual and group presentations
10,000 word dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 25% written exams, 8% practical exams and 67% coursework
Year 2 students: 15% written exams, 5% practical exams and 80% coursework
Year 3 students: 100% coursework


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 P80
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points 96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.
A level 96-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma 112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 48.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 25 points 25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H4
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D*
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 96-112 Tariff points.

CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English Proficiency Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic 54.0 An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT) 79.0 79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Trinity ISE Pass Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,900 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

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,400 Year abroad of a language course £2,400. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**

Provider information

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University of Portsmouth
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Portsmouth
PO1 2UP


Clearing contact details

University Admissions Centre - Clearing

023 9284 8000

Course Clearing information

Additional information

​​Clearing Hotline opening hours: Thursday 15th August - 07:00 - 20:00, Friday 16th August - 08:00 - 19:00, Saturday 17th August - 09:00 - 15:00, Sunday 18th August - Closed, Monday 19th August onwards - 08:30 - 17:15,


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