My course was amazing and I loved every minute of it! I honestly don't think I would be doing the job I am doing today without the support of staff and the subject matter of the course itself.Bronwen, Politics Alumna
Are you disillusioned with the state of our politics and society? Do you want to make a difference in your community and the world? Our Politics degree is taught by experts and high-profile political practitioners, and will equip you with ability to effect meaningful political change, and with the transferable skills that employers are looking for.
Skills of clear-sighted political analysis are needed more than ever before, as our traditional political ‘certainties’ crumble and as our world is faced with persistent injustices and new challenges. Our Politics degree situates the big issues of the day in their historical and philosophical contexts. You’ll explore continuity and change in local, national and global dimensions of politics, and scrutinise political ideas, structures and approaches that will help you to understand and address our complex, and ever-changing circumstances.
Through our Making Politics Matter series, we regularly invite high-profile guest speakers, including politicians, to debate the issues of the day with our students and the general public. Staff and students work together to organise these events, providing another opportunity to enhance networking and employability skills.
The foundation year will develop your skills in critical thought and analysis, working as part of a team, networking, and the ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and concisely. These valuable assets will help you to enter roles in a variety of sectors such as national or local government, non-governmental organisations, journalism, or teaching.
16th in the UK in Politics and International Relations Guardian University Guide 2022
Our innovative and cutting-edge Politics course will give you the opportunity to make better sense of the complex and murky world of politics. It will enrich your understanding of some of the most pressing problems and injustices which plague our politics and society today; it will equip you with the knowledge and skills to think about these problems in a critical manner, as well as with the capacity to formulate novel responses to these.
If you are enthusiastic about the ways in which the world works or, perhaps, disillusioned with the ways in which it does not, this stimulating course will enable you to develop your knowledge of contemporary political problems, theories, issues and debates, and will equip you with a range of invaluable transferable skills.
During the foundation year, you'll gain an understanding of contemporary issues in politics and the social sciences, while developing study skills that will help you progress through the degree.
Ranked 9th in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Politics (Complete University Guide League Table 2022)
We encourage, support and facilitate work experience in order to maximise your opportunities to gain real world knowledge and insights. Many of our students have undertaken internships or work shadowing with MPs, MEPs and UN agencies. We also offer short term employment opportunities such as working as a researcher on academic projects and working within our Centre for European Studies (CEFEUS), Activism Research Network (RAN) or as part of the Making Politics Matter (MPM) initiative.
93% of our Politics students were satisfied with the quality of their course (ranked 2nd in the UK). National Student Survey 2021
Our expertise in models of government and governance, radical political thought and political ethics informs modules which combine empirical political study and theoretical analysis. Together, we will tackle questions which have puzzled scholars from the times of the Ancient Greeks, but remain relevant to all our lives today.
During the foundation year, you'll develop the self-confidence and study skills needed to progress to the degree. You'll learn about contemporary issues in politics and the social sciences.
In Year 1 you'll be introduced to the core themes and issues of politics, you'll study British Politics, as well as international politics in an unequal world. You'll also explore the core concepts of justice, rebellion and resistance, via an exploration of seminal thinkers in Western Political Thought, as well as questions of power and the role of the state. Finally, you will be offered an opportunity to either learn more about different ways in which we can change the world, or study a foreign language.
97% of our Politics students said our staff are good at explaining things.
National Student Survey 2021
|Access||Pass 45 Credits|
|International Baccalaureate||24 points|
|Combinations||A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum|
For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.
Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.
We want you to be able to engage in politics and apply your knowledge to real world cases. Using innovative teaching methods , we bring the outside world into our degree, so you'll be learning through political role plays, simulations, policy brief writing, blogging, case study analysis, and interactive learning via workshops, webinars and other digital platforms. You'll also have the opportunity to go on visits to places relevant to the world of international relations and politics.
Teaching is structured to allow for flexibility. Your actual contact hours will depend on the optional modules you select. However, typically you will have 9-12 hours of structured contact time per week. We will endeavour to offer the following learning and teaching approaches and methods:
The lectures and seminars will also involve sessions on skills development, with specific focus on your assignments, elaborating ways in which you can best address these, and thereby helping you to excel in your modules.
In light of the current circumstances and demands of the job market, the programme and course will, in addition to onsite learning, also involve a variety of learning strategies that aim to foster digital skills and literacy - e.g. virtual workshops, lectures, videos, and online sessions. These teaching strategies will also equip you with core, transferable skills, and knowledge of novel ways of working, and thereby prepare you to establish and effectively lead a post-Covid 19 professional life.
Our degree has a strong focus on career development. You can build your experience by developing transferable skills together with our partners from the political arena (journalists, diplomats, parliamentarians, civil servants, NGOs), who are actively involved with the curriculum.
All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.
When not attending timetabled sessions, we expect you to continue learning through self-directed study. Typically, this involves undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.
Your lecturers will indicate specific readings and/or activities to complete before class. We will also provide reading lists for further study. Seminars are enriched when students have completed their independent reading, allowing everyone to interact with this learning and benefiting the whole group.
The Individual Study in your final year is a significant piece of independent research, where you may select a topic of special interest. You will be guided by a supervisor, but the main direction of the work will be decided by you.
Teaching is structured to allow for flexibility. Your actual contact hours will depend on the optional modules you select. However, typically you will have 9-12 hours of structured contact time per week.
For every hour of contact, you'll be expected complete three hours of independent study (e.g. research, reading, completing tasks set by the lecturer, preparation for presentations or seminar discussion etc.).
You will be taught by academics at all stages of their careers, from postdoctoral researchers to professors.
Every member of our teaching team is committed to innovative and engaging approaches to teaching and members hold excellent teaching qualifications (Higher Education Academy accredited) and academic qualifications (PhDs in Politics or International Relations).
We are also research active, publishing our research in academic journals and books, engaging in work with academic and professional bodies, and featuring in the media when our expertise is required.
Our students tell us that they value the opportunities they have to be taught by experts in particular areas.
We live in a time of immense social upheaval and political uncertainty, both at home and abroad. Our intellectually stimulating and innovative degree, taught by experts in the field and by high-profile political practitioners, will equip you with the intellectual tools to think critically, analytically and imaginatively about the problems which plague our politics today.Dr Demetris TillyrisProgramme Director for Politics and International Relations
of our Politics students were satisfied with their learning opportunities
We recognise that people learn differently and our assessments are designed to be as varied as possible to maximise the opportunities for students to demonstrate the knowledge they have acquired. The assessments are also designed in a such a way so as to enable you to develop and polish the plethora of different skills and the knowledge which employers are looking for.
You will be assessed through a range of methods, including essays, examinations, individual and group oral presentations, practical assignments and reports, active simulations which recreate political scenarios, social media blogs and research projects. These will evaluate your acquisition of relevant knowledge and understanding and the development of academic style and practical skills. The balance of assessment depends on how you can select your options.
Single honours students are required to undertake a 40 credit 'Individual Study' which explores a theme related to Politics of your own choosing. This is also an option for combined honours students who wish to major with our course.
To progress from one level of study to the next you must pass 120 credits (typically six 20 credit modules). The standard pass mark for a module is 40%.
Our aim is to ensure that assessment caters for a range of students’ requirements. Throughout the course, a strong emphasis is placed on regular feedback in order to provide you with the opportunity to enhance your performance.
“The achievements of some students exceed those of other HE institutions particularly in those modules where students are required to become involved in simulations/research conferences/presentations or the production of briefing notes and blogs. All these different assessment tools enable students to really showcase their achievements and the development of employability and professional skills.”
External Examiners Report, May 2021
our students were satisfied with the quality of teaching.
In a competitive job market, it is crucial that as a graduate you possess all the right skills that employers are looking for. Our politics degree emphasises transferable skills at each level of study, with a strong focus on career development. You 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 roles in sectors such as national or international government, leading non-governmental organisations in London, Brussels and other European capital states, journalism, law, teaching, and graduate training schemes in the public and private sectors. Five of our graduates have worked as assistants to MPs in Westminster. A high proportion of our students also go on to study at postgraduate level, some are currently completing funded PhD research.
My three years studying Politics at Christ Church provided me with the political understanding, development in my life-skills and a growth in my confidence that has enabled me to navigate the choppy world of politics.James Graduate
The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time - Foundation Year 0||£9,250||£14,500|
|Full-time - years 1-3 *||£9,250||£14,500|
Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.
**Home (UK) Fees
The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.
In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.
***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):
Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.
Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.
Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding
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