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BA (Hons) Politics

University of Suffolk
Program overview
Three years full-time, Six years part-time
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024
University of Suffolk

About this program

BA (Hons) Politics

During a period of profound and unprecedented political upheaval, a degree in politics will equip you with the skills necessary to understand and succeed in the world around you. As well as exploring British and international political structures, our course offers a distinct focus on ‘political action’ across party politics, campaigns and community politics. The backbone of this degree is your involvement in project work and applied research. You will be encouraged to think for yourselves and develop the skills to successfully engage in contemporary political debates.

Throughout the course, we maintain a critical focus on how political ideas and policies translate into ‘real, felt’ political action and outcomes ‘on the ground’. This includes relating established and emerging political thought to debates surrounding contemporary social justice and social policy.

We offer our BA (Hons) Politics with three complementary majors in disciplines where we have significant academic expertise: Economics, History and Sociology. This is a great opportunity to combine your interests and broaden your potential career options.

Admission requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

For those applicants studying A-Level & BTEC, we require 112 UCAS points, which equates to BBC (A-Level) or DMM (BTEC). To find out more about country specific requirements please visit our web-page or send us an information request

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Program content

Course Modules:

Year 1:

  • History of Political Thought (Mandatory)
  • Politics and Policy (Requisite)
  • Current Political Disputes (Requisite)
  • Grassroots Politics and Activism (Requisite)
  • Migration and Ethnicity (Optional)
  • Social Change (Optional)
  • Environment and Society (Optional)

Year 2:

  • Contemporary Political Theory (Requisite)
  • Social Justice and Policy (Requisite)
  • Political Argumentation and Persuasion (Requisite)
  • Political Discourse (Optional)
  • Political Sociology (Optional)
  • Globalization (Option)
  • Political Geography: Territory and Power (Optional)
  • The Cold War (Optional)

Year 3:

  • Political Engagement and Professional Development (Mandatory)
  • Comparative Politics (Requisite)
  • Gender, Sexuality and Culture (Optional)
  • International Development (Optional)
  • A History of Genocide (L5 prerequisite) (Optional)
  • Human Rights (Optional)
  • Community, Crime and Crime Prevention (Optional)

For those applicants studying A-Level & BTEC, we require 112 UCAS points, which equates to BBC (A-Level) or DMM (BTEC). To find out more about country specific requirements please visit our web-page or send us an information request

Scholarships & funding

  • International Scholarships: £1,500
  • EU Scholarships: £2,900 per year


  • Full-time Tuition Fees: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition Fees: £1,454 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Info zone for further information).
  • International / EU Tuition Fees: £12,150 per year

Continuing studies

Politics graduates are highly employable due to having a variety of analytical and organizational skills. Careers that graduates may progress in to include civil service fast streamer, government social research officer, politician's assistant, public affairs consultant, public relations account executive or social researcher.

Politics graduates have a range of transferable skills and may choose to pursue a career as a human resources officer, local government officer, market researcher, marketing executive, newspaper journalist or public relations officer.

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University of Suffolk

The University of Suffolk is a transformational university. Being one of the newest in the UK, the University of Suffolk is not restricted by tradition and embraces change, to produce graduates who can easily adapt to a changing world. Taking...

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Why study at University of Suffolk

We're confident you would quickly feel at home on our beautiful waterfront campus along the famous sunshine coast of Suffolk. Our campus is stylish, modern and compact, surrounded by restaurants, bars, clubs, cinemas, as well as historic and cultural hotspots. Established in 2016, we are one of the newest universities in the country, which enables us to be dynamic and forward thinking in our approach. Our students are at the heart of everything we do, and we pride ourselves on consistently featuring within the top 10 for 'student experience' polls. Our students are taught by expert academics and industry professionals rather than graduate teachers, which is common practice in many universities. Teaching typically takes place in small classes and is supplemented by all the contact time and personal support you need.

  • Choose from over 200 Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes recognised all over the world
  • Live in a multi-cultural student town, located only 1 hour 20 minutes away from London by train
  • Enjoy living and studying on a small yet functional campus, where class sizes are purposely designed to ensure your academic experience is intimate and personal to you
  • Our wonderful team of staff will support your entire Academic journey – from Application through to graduation – and everything in between

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University of Suffolk

Waterfront Building
19 Neptune Quay
IP4 1QJ Ipswich Suffolk
United Kingdom

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