Do you want to learn more about government and society and the workings of political systems? Are you interested in the way people, institutions and ideas interact?
Our BA Politics degree pulls together existing teaching and research expertise on important issues surrounding the influence of power, governance, sovereignty, conflict, order, mediation, obligation, justice, accountability, legitimacy, security, and decision-making. Students who follow this program will be introduced to interdisciplinary approaches to the discussions of theoretical, philosophical, institutional and issue-based concerns revolving around governance.
This course is offered as a 3 year full-time course or a 6 year part-time course.
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For 2020 entry:
Typical offer is based on a minimum 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification e.g.
- A Levels (History preferred but not required)
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical / Extended Diploma: considered on a case-by-case basis
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
- Access: Pass
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
IELTS 6.0 (with no element below 5.5)
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website
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In the first year of your Politics degree you will choose from a selection of modules that are intended to provide a solid grounding in the subject area. In addition to modules focussing on the Principles of Politics, Modern Politics in Action, Introduction to Modern History and Doing Social and Political Research you will also choose two further modules from a list of available options, for example:
- Understanding Society
- Birth of Modern Europe
Years 2 & 3
You will take compulsory modules in Modern Ideas and Movements and Methods of Social and Political Research.
In addition you will select further modules from a extensive list of available options which may include:
- Race, Democracy and Political Ideology
- Issues in Equality
- Classical Social Theory
- Contemporary Social and Political Debates
- Criminological Theory
- Sex and Society
- World Poverty and Inequality
- Identity and Diversity
- Crime and Justice in Modern Britain
- Crime and the Media
- Political Philosophy
- God and Government
- Political Philosophy
- Issues in Housing
- Theorizing Society and Politics Today
- Globalisation and Social Change
- Crime and Punishment
- Perspectives on Youth Crime
- Global Health and Social Care
- Gender Perspectives
- Policing and Society
- Crime and Power
- Nationalism in UK 1916-1997
- Politics and Culture in the 1960s
- Work placement module
In Year 3 you will also complete a dissertation – a research project on a topic of particular interest to you.
*Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a BA (Hons).
This course will be an excellent foundation prior to further postgraduate study, such as a Masters degrees in politics.
This course will prepare students for a range of employment options – especially in fields which require skills of communication, analyzing large quantities of information, and understanding issues of governance and society.
Possible future career options may include local and/or national government, teaching, management and administration.
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Why study at Bangor University
Gold rated teaching
Bangor University has achieved a Gold Award, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.
A top 10 university
The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions). This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.
Wide range of courses
We offer hundreds of courses across the arts and the sciences. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and our courses and lecturers have been rated in the top 10 in the country.
World class teaching & research
Study at a world-class university, which is recognised for the quality of teaching and research. Bangor University is in the top 40 in the UK for research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
Work experience and placements
We offer a variety of options to gain valuable employability skills, which includes supporting you in work placements and internships that you may wish to undertake.
We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply by the deadline and select us as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation was rated as the best in the UK at the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2018.
Free membership of all clubs and societies
Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies. There are over 150 different ones to choose from, so you can try something new, get involved with sports, meet new friends and get out and explore the local area.
Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea – has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.
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