European Politics

BSc single honours or in combination with another subject European Politics 2016/17

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The European Union and events in Europe affect us daily. From budget negotiations in Brussels, to complex policy regulations in the area of environmental protection, the EU is all around us and influences our lives. Understanding the EU and wider European Politics, such as the political systems of other European countries therefore is of key importance to understand contemporary political developments in the United Kingdom and beyond. Our innovative and exciting programmes seek to enhance student understanding of these issues and many more, drawing on historical and up-to-the-minute discussions and debates.

We pride ourselves on the warm atmosphere and inclusive spirit of our programmes and learning environment. Our teaching has been awarded for its innovative character, particularly the student-centred nature of learning and assessment, while the research activities of our staff mean that we are at the forefront of our disciplines.

Students have the option of studying European Politics as a combined honours subject, or in a single honours capacity. Our programmes provide an exciting balance of current issues, theoretical analysis and historical context based on three important elements:

  • An important overview of the historical development of the European Union and of ‘Europe’ as a concept.
  • A discussion of how the EU and other countries in Europe work, as political systems, both in terms of their structural organisation and in terms of their policy output .
  • An analysis of contemporary developments such as Britain’s future relationship with the EU, the growth of Euro-scepticism, energy security, European defence policy and the future of EU enlargement.

Our lecturers are nationally and internationally recognised leading researchers in these fields.

As well as traditional teaching methods such as lectures and tutorials, our students also have an opportunity to go on field trips to places such as the House of Commons, the European Union institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg, and the international courts at The Hague. Moreover, our students can study for a year in the Czech Republic (Prague), France, Germany, Italy or Spain as part of the Erasmus programme.

Students gain direct experience of the political arena with our Making Politics Matter initiative, which has included debates on European migration, Britain’s role in the EU, the European context of international human rights and human trafficking, the politics of the environment, and the global financial crisis. This initiative has attracted a range of senior national and international politicians as speakers, is student-based, and provides a great opportunity for enhancing employability.

In a competitive job market, it is crucial that graduates have all the right skills that employers are looking for. Our European Politics programmes place emphasis on transferable skills at each level of study, with a strong focus on employability. Students can expect to gain skills in critical thought and analysis, working autonomously and as part of a team, networking, and the ability to communicate complex ideas in a clear and concise fashion. European Politics graduates have gone on to enter a variety of careers in sectors such as national or international government, leading international non-governmental organisations, journalism, law, teaching, and further graduate training schemes in the public and private sectors. A high proportion of our students also go on to study at post-graduate level in the UK and internationally.


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact or the International Office:

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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UCAS code

  • G856 European Politics


  • 3 years full-time

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