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Politics BA (Hons)

University of Liverpool
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
Liverpool
English
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Program description

Politics BA (Hons)

This flexible and broad programme explores the different approaches to political science in a range of national and international settings. It draws on the expertise of world leading scholars in the field and their cutting edge research to create an engaging, research led course.

You will explore political ideas, systems and processes and you will learn how to collect data, develop knowledge, construct arguments and communicate your findings in different ways.

In your first year you will be introduced to the building blocks of political studies, meaning that no prior specialist knowledge is required. Then in your second and third year you will have the freedom to explore the areas of political study that interest you the most. With a wide range of modules to choose from you can focus your degree in one or two areas or cover a whole variety of topics from British Politics, gender analysis, International Relations, political theory, comparative politics and much more. There are also options to get involved in a number of different placement schemes including the opportunity for Year Three students studying Politics at Single Honours to apply to take part in the Parliamentary Placement Scheme.

Admission requirements

A level requirements

AAB (this is the typical entry requirement) for this course.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

Applications encouraged. BTEC applications are encouraged. We evaluate each BTEC application on its merits.

International Baccalaureate

35 points no less than category 4

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H1, H2, H2, H2, H3

Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

Scottish Highers at AAABB or Scottish Advanced Highers at AAB, combinations are also welcome.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Accepted at grade A plus AB at A Level Access 45 level 3 credits graded at Distinction 

Extended Project Qualification

Applicants who offer the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and meet our offer criteria will be made the standard offer, plus an alternative offer. This will be at one A Level grade lower plus a grade A in the EPQ, for example the offer would be ABB plus A in the EPQ. Please note that Humanities and Social Sciences Honours Select programmes which have a Management, Law or Sociology component will not accept the EPQ

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school.


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Program content

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • British Politics 1
  • British Politics II
  • Comparative Politics
  • Foundations in International Relations
  • Foundations in Politics
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Studying Politics Successfully: Skills and Methods

Year Two Optional Modules

  • American Politics and Society
  • Aspects of Media and Politics
  • Comparative Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
  • Contemporary Populist Politics: Britain in Comparative Perspective
  • Politics of State Hegemony
  • Foreign Policy Analysis and World Politics
  • Contemporary Populist Politics: Britain in Comparative Perspective
  • Gender and Feminist Politics: Core Concepts and Theories
  • Institutions and Political Actors]
  • International Political Economy
  • Politics of International Human Rights
  • Public Ethics
  • Introduction to Political Economy
  • Security in A Globalised World
  • British Political Ideologies
  • Varieties of Democracy
  • Politics in Action
  • Political Communication and Public Speaking
  • British Party Politics
  • Democratisation and Political Change in Southeast Asia
  • Uk General Elections and Referendums Since 1945
  • International Organisations
  • The Politics of 'race' and Marginalisation
  • Representation in Advanced Democracies

Year Three Optional Modules

  • Comparative Voting Behaviour
  • Contemporary Parliamentary Politics
  • Dissertation
  • Gender and Global Politics: Women, Peace and Security
  • Identity in Contemporary International Politics
  • Media, Politics and Climate Change
  • Parliamentary Placement Scheme
  • The Changing Faces of African Politics
  • Toleration, Multiculturalism and Secularism
  • Security and Intelligence
  • The Media, the Internet and Political Science
  • From the Ira to Isis: Understanding Political VIolence in the Contemporary World
  • Africa-china Relations in A Changing Global Order
  • Eu As An International Actor
  • Strategic Studies in Conflicts and Terrorism
  • Local Placement Scheme
  • The Theory and Practice of Rhetoric in British Politics
  • Public Policy: An Advanced Introduction
  • Local Government in the Uk
  • Politics of Development
  • Political Broadcasting (radio)
  • World Politics and the World Economy
  • International Intervention
  • Politics and the Brain
  • Race, Racism and Civilisation in World Politics

Tuition fees

Home (UK) Undergraduates: £9,250 per academic year

Career opportunities

Our graduates enjoy successful careers in a range of professions, including broadcasting, marketing and public relations, teaching in universities, colleges and schools, management, government (local, national and European), journalism and the civil service.

Many of our graduates have gone on to exciting careers including as a member of parliament, an oil broker, an assistant to the Treasury, an assistant chief constable, the secretary of the UK National Trust, a barrister, a partner in a New York-based advertising company, a Westminster-based political consultant, a features writer for The Independent and the news editor of a music weekly.

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University of Liverpool

14 Oxford St
L69 3BX Liverpool
United Kingdom

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