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

Politics and International Relations in the top 30 of the Guardian University Guide

How are the societies in which we live governed? How are the key decisions that shape our lives made? Which groups hold power in the contemporary world? How have different national governments dealt with the financial crisis? Is democracy a force for good in the world? From general elections to the Arab Spring, our innovative and exciting programmes seek to situate the big issues of the day in their various historical and philosophical contexts, and thus facilitate clear and informed debate.

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 team mean that we are at the forefront of our disciplines.

By choosing one of our Politics programmes, students develop an understanding of the local, national, international, and global dimensions of politics.

Our programmes look at a range of important areas. These include:

  • Political systems in the UK, Europe, and across the globe;
  • Contemporary political philosophy (encompassing questions such as ‘what is justice?’, ‘is capitalism the best form of economic system’; ‘is there a convincing alternative to democracy?’);
  • Political leadership (‘what makes an effective political leader?’);
  • Contemporary social issues, from the environment to minority rights.

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

As well as benefiting from 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 immigration, Britain and the EU, international human rights, human trafficking, fair trade, student fees, 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 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. Politics graduates have gone on to enter a variety of careers in sectors such as national or international government, leading 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.


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 fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk .

**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. 


Included in the Tuition Fee

Additional Cost to Student

Further information if additional cost to student – what the costs cover, when payable and how much

Field Trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc)

Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink.

Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.


 Compulsory field trips are all covered by tuition fees or by external funding. On these trips students would be expected to pay only for food and drink.


Occasional non-compulsory interest based trips may also be organised during the course of the degree programme. These trips are funded for those students in receipt of a student hardship fund, but all other students would be expected to pay train fares and subsistence. Most of these outings take place in London and would last no longer than one day, thus costing the student no more than £40.

Travel and Accommodation costs for Placements


We do not have any work placements on this course  


Text books


Own purchase text books.

Text books for each module are advised for purchase. Normally we advise one core reading text per module. We have 6 modules per year for single honours students and text books cost around £30 each. This would come to £180 if all books were purchased.


These books are however also available in the library and are therefore not compulsory purchases.

DBS / Health Checks


We do not require DBS or health checks for this programme of study/


Professional Body Registration


Not required for this programme of study


Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons)


Not required for this programme of study


Clothing / Kit

Not required for this programme of study

Not required for this programme of study


Learning Materials

Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course.

Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.


Library Fees and Fines




Fines accrued by students must be paid by students.

Printing & Photocopying



Printing and photocopying must be paid for by students.

Social Events

No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.

Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.



Graduation Ceremonies

It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself.

Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student.


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

The team uses a range of exciting and stimulating learning and teaching methods. Examples of learning and teaching methods used include the following:

  • political simulations
  • formative assessment for learning
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • orientation and skills sessions
  • directed study
  • workshops
  • Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs)
  • learning through the media’
  • Personal Development Planning (PDP)
  • Making Politics Matter’ (an initiative that seeks to get our students involved directly in political activity).

The programme makes use of the following assessment techniques:

  • coursework essays and other forms of written assessment
  • practical assignments and reports
  • final year dissertations and research projects
  • student poster presentations
  • examinations (MCQ / short answer / essay).

Our aim is to ensure that assessment caters for a range of students’ requirements. Throughout the programme, a strong emphasis is placed on regular feedback in order to provide students with the opportunity to enhance their performance. Examples of forms of assessment may include:

  • coursework
  • examinations
  • essays
  • skills portfolios
  • reports and case studies
  • oral presentations
  • group presentations
  • individual studies.

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Call our Clearing team: 01227 540980

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