De Montfort University

Politics De Montfort University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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On the Politics BA at DMU you will learn about the theories and practices of power and governance, from local up to international level. As you progress through the course you will increasingly develop a range of skills that employers look for; skills such as communication, team working, the ability to critically analyse evidence, independent research and critical analysis.

The only university in the UK to hold both Congress to Campus and European Parliament to Campus
with former members of US Congress and former Members of European Parliament to enhance your study experience

- A unique learning environment, with the opportunity to participate in real debates, attend conferences and learn from guest speakers
which have included political figures such as the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the House of Commons Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow
- Placement opportunities with local, national and global companies
including Rolls Royce, GlaxoSmithKline, Heathrow Airport and the House of Commons
- One of only three universities to be named a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in 2013
In recognition of research and teaching excellence in European studies
- Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
trips have included Hong Kong, Berlin, Brussels, Washington and New York

Course details


YEAR ONE: Introduction to Politics, Introduction to Contemporary International Relations, Global Comparative Politics, British Government and Politics
YEAR TWO: Political Theory, Political Analysis, Politics in Action, Plus options from the following: Politics of the European Union, Unity and Diversity in, Contemporary America, Government and Business, Governance, Corruption and its Avoidance, Comparative Local Government
YEAR THREE: Dissertation, Plus options from the following: Globalisation and Democracy, American Presidency, Public Policy Making, Power, Politics and Morality, Politics of Nationalism, Managing the Environment, Government and Politics of China

Assessment method

You will be taught by a team whose work has achieved top scores in quality assessment exercises and by individuals who have National Teaching Fellow Status in recognition of their outstanding teaching. We are also active researchers and share our current work with you.

We use a variety of formats in our classes. In the first two years you attend weekly hour-long lectures and seminars in which you discuss the issues raised in lectures. In the third year teaching is in a two-hour workshop format where you often get to decide on the topics that are debated.

Throughout the course you will read around the areas being covered using course books and you must keep yourself up-to-date with developments in current affairs.

Assessment is through coursework (presentations, seminar contributions, your portfolio, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test. You will also be challenged through simulation games, problem solving exercises, online collaborative projects and policy papers. Assessment is typically weighted as follows in your first year:

Exam: 47%
Coursework: 53%
These assessment weightings are indicative only. The exact weighting may vary depending on option modules chosen by students and teaching methods deployed by the academic member of staff each year. Indicative assessment weighting and assessment type per module are shown as part of the module information. Again these are based on the current academic session.

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 D26
Campus name Leicester Campus
Campus code Y

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 112 points from at least two A Levels.

Plus five GCSEs at grades A*–C (9 - 4) including English Language and Maths.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma M: 30 credits Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit or equivalent.
English (Language or Literature) and Maths GCSE required as separate qualifications at grades A* - C (9 -4).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 points

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 including a minimum of 5.5 in each component

or equivalent

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,250 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

Please note that fees for subsequent years of study for continuing students are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fee will be in line with RPI-X (linked to the retail price index) and the fee cap set by the Government.

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