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Bachelor's Degree in Politics

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Southampton
English

About this program

Bachelor's Degree in Politics

This BSc Politics degree will help you learn about political systems, political thinkers, democracy and the modern state. You’ll gain insight into issues such as modern migration, the role of the media, and the future of the European Union. This course can lead to jobs in politics, the civil service, think tanks, campaign organisations, business or journalism.

Discover how to get into politics as you:

  • study political theory, global politics, public policy, and political analysis
  • focus on topics of contemporary political importance, for example, globalisation, public policy, constitutional politics, security studies and migration
  • choose from a wide array of topics through optional modules, including political topics relating to the UK, the EU or the US, and modules in criminology, economics or ethics

A BSC Politics degree from the University of Southampton will:

  • develop your critical thinking skills
  • hone your analytical capacity
  • train you in a range of research skills that are highly valued by employers

This degree gives excellent training for a range of careers, including roles in:

  • the civil service and international organisations
  • NGOs, advocacy and lobby groups
  • political campaigning
  • journalism
  • a broad range of business sectors

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Program content

Year 1

  • A (Dis) United Kingdom? Myth and Reality in British Politics
  • Crises of the 21st Century
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Political Inquiry
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods
  • Political Systems

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Imagining European Futures
  • Politics Book Club

Year 2

  • The Struggle for Democracy

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • American Political Thought
  • Contemporary Theories of Justice
  • Democratic Theory
  • Dilemmas of Leadership
  • Ethics of Public Policy
  • Gender, Power and Politics
  • Partisans, Public Opinion and Elections: Understanding the Political Mind
  • Political Thinking
  • Power and Ethics Before Machiavelli
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Qualitative Research in Politics & International Relations
  • Reinventing Democracy: Innovation, Participation and Power
  • Research Methods in The Social Sciences

Year 3

  • Dissertation in Politics & International Relations

You ust also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • American Political Thought
  • Children and Human Rights
  • Chinese Politics
  • Comparative Party Politics
  • Contemporary Theories of Justice
  • Critics of Empire: Radical and Revolutionary Political Thinkers of the Global South
  • Democratic Theory
  • Democratisation in Global Politics: why do some regimes thrive and others flounder?
  • Development and International Relations
  • Diaspora Politics in Transnational Space
  • Dilemmas of Leadership
  • Ethics of Public Policy
  • European Security Governance
  • Gender, Power and Politics
  • Globalisation and World Politics
  • Partisans, Public Opinion and Elections: Understanding the Political Mind
  • Politics and Protest
  • Power and Ethics Before Machiavelli
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Reinventing Democracy: Innovation, Participation and Power
  • The Politics and Governance of the EU

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition

  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £19,300

Qualification

  • Final award: Bachelor of Science in the Social Sciences with Honours (BSc SocSci (Hons))
  • Name of Award: Politics
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Health Studies (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Health Studies (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

You'll develop transferable skills such as:

  • effective oral and written communication
  • problem solving
  • data analysis

Continuing studies

Our politics degrees are also a good foundation for further study at masters or PhD level.

Career paths

You’ll graduate with a wide range of transferable skills such as critical thinking, research and team working. Career skills are embedded at every stage of our courses and certain modules offer specific teaching in reasoning and communication.

Our politics graduates have secured roles as diverse as:

  • management consultants
  • business analysts
  • social scientists
  • researchers
  • journalists
  • civil servants

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The University of Southampton is a welcoming and close knit student community of roughly 22,000 students. We have an international student population which makes up just under 30% of our student body which is wonderful. With 98% of our graduates going into work or further study 6 months after graduation, we offer the chance to study at a world leading Russell Group University whilst safe in the knowledge you will be well on your way to succeeding your chosen career.

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