Politics University of Portsmouth

Undergraduate

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.

On this 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 units 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

Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you plan your career and find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies. Previous students have done projects for community groups and worked with political parties and local government.

On this course, you can earn credits towards your degree for work, research placements, volunteer roles or internships you take during your studies.

Placement year
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement sandwich year, to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
Previous students have secured placements at:

  • The Ministry of Defence

  • The House of Commons

  • National Museum of the Royal Navy

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

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.

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 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.


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