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Skills of clear-sighted political analysis are needed more than ever before, as our traditional political ‘certainties’ crumble.

Our Politics course situates the big issues of the day in their historical and philosophical contexts. You’ll explore change in local, national and global dimensions of politics, and scrutinise political ideas, structures and approaches. 

There is strong emphasis on helping you gain the transferable skills that employers are looking for. 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.

Why study Politics with Foundation Year? 

Every aspect of human life is organised around politics of one sort or another. Family, work, university, clubs and societies of all shapes and sizes are as ‘political’ as the more obvious institutions such as states, governments, trade unions, political parties and international organisations, such as the United Nations.

Our Politics course gives you the opportunity to find out what makes something political – is it all related to the balance of power between states, individuals and organisations? How do class, gender and other aspects of identity influence how policies are decided and implemented?

100% of our Politics students were satisfied with the quality of their course.

National Student Survey 2020

You may already have some firm views about politics or you might not have any party allegiance or ideological preference. Either way, as long as you are enthusiastic about exploring the ways the world works (or sometimes doesn’t), you'll be able to develop your political thinking through this stimulating course.

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Ranked 9th in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Politics

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

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All about the course

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 have an introduction to politics and governance and you'll study British and global politics. You'll also explore key political thinkers.

In Year 2, you'll study political theory. You'll also examine certain core methods used in political research and analysis. During Year 2 and Year 3, you'll be able to choose optional modules on subjects that most interest you.

In Year 3, you'll continue to study core and optional modules and you'll undertake a significant piece of independent research where you'll select a topic of special interest within your discipline area. 

97% of our Politics students were satisfied with their learning opportunities.

National Student Survey 2020

Module information

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.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

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, policy brief writing, blogging and interactive learning via 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. This may be in lectures, where the module leader delivers key material to you in a large group, or seminars where you'll discuss and debate the material being studied in smaller groups. You may also experience workshops, which combine lectures and seminars when the class size is smaller. 

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. 

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

National Student Survey 2020

of our Politics students were satisfied with their learning opportunities

How you’ll be assessed

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. 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 2019

National Student Survey 2020

our students were satisfied with the quality of teaching.

Your future career

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:

  UK** Overseas***
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.

An International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500 will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

Further information can be found on the following weblink which will be updated for 2022/23 entrants in due course: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

Specialist Facilities and Industry Links

Our politics degree is enhanced by our links with local, national and international politicians and policymakers. External funding from the European Commission’s Jean Monnet programme for European political study supports our Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies. This allows us to take students on fully paid visits to sites of European interest and have previously included trips to Brussels and the war graves of Northern France.

Where appropriate, we invite practitioners to speak to students about their experiences working on policy issues which relate to the academic material under investigation. For example, the Foreign Policy Analysis module has been addressed by former ambassadors and foreign affairs correspondents. Parliamentary clerks have visited British Politics modules and representatives of NGOs supporting refugees have participated in sessions of the Politics of Migration module. Our own graduates regularly return and get involved in different modules to build a sense of community among current students and alumni.

Regulated by the Office for Students

The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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