BSc single honours Politics with foundation year 2019/20

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A number of our degrees are also offered with an additional foundation year (Year 0). Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year course may be just what you’re looking for.

A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme which:

  • provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject
  • offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Following the Foundation Year you will go on to explore areas including:

  • political systems in the UK, Europe, and across the globe
  • contemporary political philosophy political leadership
  • contemporary social issues.


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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 and the Occupy movement, our Politics degree seeks 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 courses and learning environment. Our teaching has been recognised for its innovative character, particularly the student­centred nature of learning and assessment, while the research activities of our team mean that we are at the forefront of our disciplines. Our priority is to provide high quality learning and teaching, and a transformative student experience.  Our students recognise this by consistently nominating us for teaching awards.

The course itself was very interesting but for me, the most important part of my success was the support from the lecturers. They seemed to genuinely care about the students. There was a concerted effort to engage with each and every student and not just the more vocal students. Every lecturer would encourage the students to catch up with them for a coffee outside of lectures for advice or guidance on the class which was a great help.

Sam Collard

You might already have some firm ideas about politics: what makes politics important and what makes political life so interesting. Or you might not have any party preference, philosophical bias or political experience. Either way, you will fit into our Politics degree programme perfectly: as long as you are enthusiastic and interested in the way the world works, then our combination of empirical political study, theoretical analysis and in depth discussion of political issues and events will suit you down to the ground.

The best thing about Christ Church Politics and international relations is the small class sizes, in addition to big lectures. The lecturers all know you, and you get to know them too. It is friendly, supportive and a great learning environment.

Jack, current student

By choosing our Politics course, students develop an understanding of the local, national, international, and global dimensions of politics. Our courses 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?’, and ‘what makes a bad one?’);

  • Contemporary social issues, from inequality, to the environment to minority rights.

As well as traditional teaching methods such as lectures and tutorials, there are opportunities to go on field trips to Houses of Parliament or the European Union institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg. Indeed we are one of only a few universities in the UK to offer an official Parliamentary Studies module as part of its curriculum.

In addition, you might be eligible to study abroad for a year as part of the Erasmus programme.

You could also gain direct experience of the political arena with our Making Politics Matter initiative, which has included debates and discussion on migration, Britain’s evolving relationship with the EU, international human rights, human trafficking, fair trade, climate change, and the global financial crisis. This initiative has attracted a range of national and international speakers. Guest lecturers are also invited to present specialised topics as part of certain modules which we believe to be of great benefit to all students.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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Dr Mark Bennister is an expert on political leadership with an active media presence. He has recently won a prestigious Nuffield Foundation Trust funding for his research on prime ministerial accountability to Parliament. He is responsible for our Parliamentary Studies module, sponsored by the Houses of Parliament Outreach Service. We were chosen as one of seven universities across the UK to teach this module in a formal partnership with Parliament.

Foundation Year

Core Modules

Contemporary Issues in Politics

This module explores key issues and questions in the study of politics – including how political systems function, how political change occurs, and who holds political power. The module takes an exciting and innovative problem focused approach, enabling you to engage in lively and topical debate on the big issues of the day.  

Contemporary Issues in Sociology

This discursive issue focused module enables you to gain an entry level understanding of key critical issues in the study of sociology – including race, class and gender. The module uses the ‘sociological imagination’ to interrogate these issues in an engaging, innovative and informative fashion.

Contemporary Issues in Psychology

This module introduces students to some key areas and concepts in psychology and also begins to explore how psychology may be applied to addressing practical real-world problems and contemporary issues. Students will begin to put into practice the study skills that are required at university level and also begin to understand how to approach psychological theory and application from a critical standpoint.  

Academic Skills

The module aims to give you the basic transferable skills needed to understand and practice social scientific reasoning, to undertake research methods and to communicate effectively with academic writing and other formats.

Interdisciplinary Studies

This module provides an opportunity for hands-on project work allowing integration, reflection upon, and application of concepts and perspectives covered in subject-specific modules. The module provides a forum for exploring and appreciating the differences between, and the complementarity or otherwise of psychological, sociological and political perspectives on human behaviour.

Individual Project

The individual project allows you to pursue an investigation of a particular topic within your chosen subject area of EITHER Politics, OR Sociology, OR Psychology, and is designed to help you prepare for further study at Level 4 within your chosen degree pathway.

Core modules

Year 1

Central to your Politics degree is the opportunity to learn more about why different forms of political enquiry are necessarily contested. These critical thinking skills are at the core of all of our teaching and learning in the first year. Year 1 serves as the foundation of your studies, and introduces you to the core areas of the programme’s expertise, including modules in political theory, contemporary British and global politics, as well as gaining the research and academic skills you need to study politics. As you engage with your modules, you will learn how to gather and use information to support your arguments and to communicate these coherently in both speech and writing.

Introduction to Politics and Governance (20 credits)

Core for Single Honours and Core for Combined Honours Students

This module has two main aims: first, to develop the key skills students will need to progress through their university studies (e.g. library and online research skills, essay writing skills and presentation skills), and second, to provide students with an understanding of key issues and themes in the study of politics.

British Politics in Context (20 credits)

Core for Single Honours and Core for Combined Honours Students

British Politics is an ongoing attempt by more or less self-interested actors to cope with the issues, conflicts, opportunities and threats thrown up by time and chance, as well as by underlying economic and social developments. This module provides students with an improved understanding of why, politically, we are as we are today. Topics covered may include: the post-war consensus, the miners’ Strike, Thatcherism, New Labour, the fall and rise of the Liberals, Britain and Europe.

Contemporary Global Politics (20 credits)

Core for Single Honours; Optional for Combined Honours Students

How has our world come to be shaped in the way that it is today? We will consider how the international political system of the past is being replaced by something markedly different – a global political world where state power is less significant. We will explore how the acquisition, possession and loss of state power became systematised over time and in different ways, and explain critically the responses which have been made to this loss of power, from protectionism to full scale war.

Reimagining the EU in the World (20 credits)

Core for Single Honours; Optional for Combined Honours Students

Why do nation states choose to join the EU? Why do others wish to leave? How much sovereignty do states sign over to the EU? Why are certain policies so controversial? What is the purpose of the European institutions? What role does the EU play on the global stage? To answer these important questions this module will examine European integration during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and analyse the main policies and institutions of the European Union. 

Key Political Thinkers (20 credits)

Core for Single Honours; Optional for Combined Honours Students

What is the purpose of government? Is it ever permissible for politicians to act immorally? Should national interest take primacy over individual rights? Is it ever ok to break the law? Would it be wrong to smash capitalism? This module explores key thinkers in the history of political thought, and their attempts to answer these and other challenging political and philosophical questions. It scrutinises a range of long-standing arguments and ideas in the history of political thought, and uses these to interrogate current dilemmas in domestic and international politics, and to establish connections between the political concerns of the past and present.

Year 2

The second year is all about deepening your knowledge of the subject area and further developing the transferable skills which will assist you in your career, once you leave university. You will strengthen your ability to critique interactions between people, ideas, structures of power and institutions. During your second year it may be possible to spend time studying abroad at a partner institution. Language skills need not be a barrier as some of our partners teach in English. This is a competitive process as the opportunity to live and study in a foreign country is an incredible privilege. Previous students who have participated in these exchanges have benefitted academically and in their personal development. 

Contemporary Political Theory (20 credits)

Core for Single Honours; Core for Combined Honours Students

The module will evaluate the key authors and ideas central to contemporary political theory.  Thinkers will include John Rawls, Robert Nozick, Charles Taylor, Richard Rorty, Michel Foucault, Hannah Arendt, Carol Pateman, Slavoj Zizek, and Chantal Mouffe. Some key issues to be explored include: What do we mean when we use the term individual rights? What are the limitations to democracy? How do we define liberty? Should freedom of speech be restricted? To what extent is liberal democratic society patriarchal in its structure?

Political Research (20 credits)

Core for Single Honours; Optional for Combined Honours Students

Students will examine certain methods used in political research; for example, survey and interview design; primary and secondary data analysis; and the use of statistics. We will explore the ethical issues that can arise when undertaking political research. Emphasis will also be placed on the theoretical context of research – specifically the domain of social scientific epistemology. 

Year 3 

The final year of your degree is when all the ground work laid in the first two years comes together. You will have amassed a great deal of knowledge and you will have more confidence in critically assessing the information you find and reaching your own reasoned conclusions. In your final year, you’ll pursue your own specialist study; you are given the opportunity to produce an extended piece of individual research on a topic of your choosing when you complete your dissertation, and to select from a range of specialised modules delivered by staff in areas of their own expertise.

Political Ideologies in Action (20 credits)

Core for Single Honours and Core for Combined Honours Students

This module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the way in which different ideologies shape contemporary, national and international, political problems and projects. In that regard, this module has two main aims: first, to offer adequate theoretical and conceptual tools in order to understand political phenomena through ideological lenses; second, to familiarise students with the ideological underpinnings of the major issues in politics

Individual Study (40 credits)

Core for Single Honours and Optional for Combined Honours Students

For most students the main focus in your final year is the Individual Study. This is a significant piece of independent research, where you may select a topic of special interest within your discipline area. You will be guided by a lecturer, but the main direction of the work will be decided by you.  Students who invest time in their work are rewarded by a huge sense of personal satisfaction as they produce academic research which is entirely their own. Your individual study also acts as a step on the path to your career as it allows students to demonstrate effective time and workload management in the production of an extended piece of work.

Likely optional modules

Year 1

Power, Politics and the State (20 credits)

What is the nature of political power? How does it operate in practice? How do structures of race, gender and class affect access to power? What role does the state play in contemporary society? This module will cover a number of key issues central to understanding the relationship between the realm of the state, its modes of power and authority, its various ideologies, and its connection with modes of governance.

Year 2

British Politics: Continuity and Change (20 credits)

This module introduces students to the structure of British politics and the practical functioning of British government. Providing a contemporary focus, the main political and administrative institutions in the British system will be examined and set within a comparative context. Specifically, this module will explore alternative political processes as well as the formal institutions of state; therefore, powerful forces such as political parties, non-governmental organisations and the British media will be examined alongside institutions such as Parliament, the Prime Minister, the civil service and the constitutional monarchy.

European Union: Power, Policy and Integration (20 credits)

Students will examine the scope of community power, the supremacy of EU law and the complexity of EU decision making. Furthermore, students will explore some of the major policy areas covered by the EU - for example, the continuing debate over the role of the EU in a common defence strategy, and some of its major legal doctrines.

Comparative Politics: States and Societies (20 credits)

This module is based on the long tradition of comparative political science and seeks to give students the critical knowledge and understanding required to appreciate the importance of global events and to analyse contemporary political institutions. Building on the knowledge and understanding developed in the earlier module Introduction to Politics and Governance, students will examine the methodological underpinnings of comparative politics, and apply this knowledge to a practical analysis of political systems around the world. 

Transport: Politics and Society (20 credits)

This module aims to introduce students to the complexity of politics in the real world, through the lens of transport policy.  Students will begin to explore the problem of too little mobility, due to lack of access to transport, for specific groups in UK society, before examining the negative consequences of increasing mobility, for these groups, the environment and wider society.  The module aims to increase knowledge of the ways in which transport influences society and to increase understanding of the complexity of political decision-making, the contradictions inherent in policy making and the compromises that are necessary when we seek to influence. 

Year 3

Module options change annually and therefore it is not possible to offer further details here at present.

Contemporary Security: Theory & Practice (20 credits)

Students taking this module will learn about the most influential theoretical approaches in Security Studies, as well as to some of the major issues in contemporary international security. Students will first look at the conceptual and theoretical history of Security Studies.  Themes to be examined will include: NATO after the end of the Cold war and the security priorities for the United Kingdom. This will be followed by an in-depth study of what is known in the literature as ‘Critical Security Studies’. Here, the main theoretical schools – from the Copenhagen School to Post-Colonialism – will be discussed at length, supported by the analysis of specific case studies as diverse as the Arab Spring or global warming as a security issue. The third and last part of the module deals with the interaction between theory and technological development, focusing on post-modernity and risk as conceptual tools for the understanding of issues such as cybersecurity or the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), the so-called drones.

Radical Political Thought (20 Credits)

This module will begin by outlining key thematic tensions and theoretical difficulties in the classical Marxist tradition. The module will draw on the theoretical resources of political philosophy and positive political theory. Here attention will be given to the issues of ideology, revolutionary morality, strategy, democracy and ‘emancipatory knowledge’. Key thinkers to be explored include Althusser, Laclau and Mouffe, Geras, Badiou, and Žižek. Key questions will include: To what extent are the ‘problems of Marxism’ insurmountable for its reform? Is ideology a permanent aspect of human existence? Can a revolutionary ethics address the issue of ‘dirty hands’? How does desire motivate politics? Can we imagine a world free of ‘the state’? Is social clear still relevant for emancipatory politics? How important is the ecological ‘crisis’ for our understanding of radical politics? Can we imagine a world ‘beyond capitalism’? Is the ‘idea of communism’ dead?

In a competitive job market, it is crucial that as a graduate you have 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 employability. 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 non­governmental organisations in London, Brussels and other European capital states, journalism, law, teaching, and further 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.

I chose to study Politics at Christ Church for a number of reasons: its great location, lots of disability support and interesting modules. My course was amazing and I loved every minute. My degree prepared me for the political world by giving me the theoretical and practical expertise needed.  The lecturers introduced us to former students who were working in politics enabling us to ask questions to those with first-hand experience. In addition, skills such as time management, production of briefing documents, networking and research were enhanced with the support of staff. I honestly don’t think I would be doing the job I am today without the support of staff and the subject matter of the course itself. My lecturers showed me that I could follow the path I wanted and supported me in doing so.

Throughout our degree programmes we include opportunities for students to develop and enhance their workplace skills alongside deepening understanding of the subject material. You will engage with practitioners, alumni, careers advisors and a variety of speakers.

We encourage, support and facilitate student work experience at all levels. Many of our students have used their own initiative to achieve positions working for MPs, MEPs, and the UN. For the past few years we have been working closely with the Parliamentary Outreach team at Westminster and several of our students have benefitted from placements with the team, fully supported by our programme. We also offer short term employment opportunities to our students as researchers on academic projects.

My degree helped my career in many ways. My clients are banking institutions, asset management and law firms. They are all tied to international developments around the globe. Conflicts, trading regulations and political instabilities shape our global society and affect everyone. Thanks to my degree I can relate with my clients, track potential opportunities and understand my clients' preoccupations.


The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £6,575 £8,500
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £11,900

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

* The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2019/20 only. Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases.

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
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

Course specific costs

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

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.

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.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
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 No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
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.

At the core of our programme is the belief that reading books and writing essays is only part of the learning process. We want our students to engage in politics and apply their knowledge to real world cases wherever possible. Using innovative teaching methods, we bring the outside world into our programmes, with role-plays and interactive learning via webinars and other digital platforms. We also take our students out into the wider world on study trips. Our Making Politics Matter series regularly invites high-profile guest speakers, including politicians, to debate the issues of the day with our students and the general public.

As you progress through your degree you will your critical thinking skills will become sharper as you develop a deepening appreciation for the complexities and nuances of political debate, an arena of intellectual enquiry which is permanently and necessarily open to challenge and critique. There may be no obviously correct answers to many of the political questions of our times, but there are many interesting ways to investigate them and to think about the underlying issues which are too often overlooked or taken at face value. 

In the foundation year (Level 0) you will study core concepts, theories and issues in the social sciences. These modules are studied alongside a study skills programme which will prepare you for studying at undergraduate level. Completion of the foundation year permits students to progress to Level 4. Once enrolled on the undergraduate degree there is a rich menu of exciting core and optional modules.

In the second year (Level 4) all students will follow a common core of six 20 credit modules which provide an overall foundation for the course as a whole, introducing basic concepts, key subject matter for all degree programmes integrating European Politics, International Relations and Politics. The importance of knowledge and understanding of political concepts, International Relations theories, and European institutions will be emphasised to all students and taught with specific focus on the acquisition of university level study skills. This will give you a broad introduction and will allow for an informed choice to be made at the end of your first year regarding pathways for years two and three.

In the third year (Level 5) there will be two compulsory 20 credit modules. All other modules are mapped against the module outcomes and against subject benchmarks. These include research modules and subject specific modules. During your second year it may also be possible to spend time studying abroad at a partner institution abroad. Language skills need not be a barrier as some of our partners teach in English. This is a competitive process as the opportunity to live and study in a foreign country is such an incredible privilege. Previous students who have participated in these exchanges have benefitted academically and in their personal development. 

In the final year the Individual Study (IS) (40 credits) is normally compulsory for single honours students. This is often seen as the culmination of your learning experience in Politics, drawing upon the knowledge and skills developed throughout the degree. This is a significant piece of independent research, where you may select a topic of special interest. You will be guided by a lecturer but the main direction of the work will be decided by you.  Students who invest time in their work are rewarded by a huge sense of personal satisfaction as they produce academic research which is entirely their own. Your individual study also acts as a step on the path to your career as it allows students to demonstrate effective time and workload management in the production of an extended piece of work. 

Your choice of the other four modules (all 20­credit) is guided by your interest, experience and career plans. Combined honours students are advised to take a 20 credit Individual Study as long as they are not doing so in another subject.

The selection process for final year modules will start early in the third year where you will consider progress and interest with your personal tutor. This will be a ‘pre­selection’ meeting in which your preferences and abilities are assessed. The options week will build on this pre­selection exercise in terms of the modules available for student selection. Please note, not all final year optional modules will be available every academic year.

Academic input

Our lecturers are committed to innovative and engaging approaches to teaching. We have excellent teaching (Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education) and academic (PhDs in Politics or International Relations) qualifications. Combined with a predominant focus on high quality learning and teaching activities, our staff are also research active, publishing specialised research in high ranking journals and presenting work at international conferences.

Dr Amelia Hadfield currently holds a prestigious Jean Monnet Chair and runs CEFEUS, our new Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies. Dr Mark Bennister works closely with the Parliamentary Outreach team at Westminster and runs our new and innovative module ‘Parliamentary Studies’.


Our staff are all engaged in work with academic and professional bodies: Dr Andre Barrinha is the co-founder and co-convenor of the BISA European Security Working Group. Dr David Bates co-convenes the Marxism specialist group at the UK Political Studies Association (PSA) and is on Standing Committee of The European Review of International Studies (ERIS). Dr Mark Bennister co-convenes the European Consortium on Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on Elites and Political Leadership. He is also a steering member of the Public and Political Leadership Network (PUPOL). Dr Hadfield works with a variety of academic associations in and beyond Europe, including UACES, ECPR, ISA and the Higher Education Academy, UK. Dr Soeren Keil is a member of the Programme Board of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) and an Executive Committee Member of the Comparative Federalism and Multi-Level Governance group of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). Dr Philipp Köker is actively engaged in the ECPR Standing Group on Presidential Politics and is co-editor of the ‘Presidential Power Blog’. Dr Demetris Tillyris co-convenes CIAP: Conference for Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics.

Drs Hadfield, Keil and Lieberman engage in work with UACES – the professional body for European Studies. Outside CCCU, our staff are also active in public outreach work. Dr Soeren Keil and Dr David Bates are Trustees for Samphire, a charity formerly known as the Dover Detainee Visitor Group, providing expert input on this important issue. Dr Keil is also currently involved as an adviser in the peace processes in Myanmar/Burma and Syria. 

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, final year dissertations and research projects. These will evaluate your acquisition of relevant knowledge and understanding and the development of academic style and practical skills.

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 you with the opportunity to enhance your performance.

“I really appreciated the support the lecturers were able to provide and how debate was encouraged. It not only made me more confident about defending my own views and considering others from a political perspective, but it enabled me to extend that in my everyday life which I believe has made me a more rounded individual.”

The Politics and International Relations degrees are enhanced by our links with local, national and international politicians and policy makers. We arrange a speaker series entitled ‘Making Politics Matter[LC1] ’ which allows students to engage with a variety of high profile speakers each year.

External funding from the European Commission’s Jean Monnet programme for European political study supports our Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies, our Jean Monnet Chair (Dr Amelia Hadfield) and our Jean Monnet modules. This allows us to take students on fully paid visits to sites of European interest: these have included Brussels and the war graves of Northern France.

We also have strong links with the Houses of Parliament. Our Parliamentary Studies module is a Higher Education module formally approved by Parliament, and has the support of the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Lord Speaker and the management boards of both Houses.  Lecturers have presented work in Parliamentary committee meetings and students are encouraged to attend meetings and tours whenever possible.

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. Representatives of NGOs supporting refugees have participated in sessions of the Politics of Migration module. Graduates working for lobby groups and think tanks have been involved in the Political Research module.


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UCAS course code

  • L202 Politics with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 4 years full-time


  • September 2019

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