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BA (Hons) Politics

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  • UCAS Code:
    P486
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

This degree gives you the opportunity to consider how power is allocated, who takes part in collective decision-making at multiple levels, the meaning and experiences of justice, conflict, (in)equality and citizenship, and consider these in the context of the most pressing contemporary global issues.

At the same time, whether talking about the UK’s negotiation to leave the EU, the conflict in Syria, North Korean nuclear testing, the global response to climate change, or NHS funding, politics exists in a hyper-mediated environment, which raises challenges and opportunities for citizens, commentators, politicians and political organisations.

Combining insights from economics, psychology, history and philosophy, you will evaluate the interplay between citizens, media, politicians, political organisations and political systems. This degree also examines the opportunities and challenges that come with doing politics in a hyper-mediated environment.

The first, foundational year will give you a grounding in the theories and practices related to political philosophy, sociology and international relations. In the second year, you’ll also encounter political journalism, digital communications, marketing and campaigning, and advocacy. You will also have the opportunity in your second and final year to tailor the course by selecting options that help bring your studies in line with your passions, interests and ultimately your career aspirations.

Outside the classroom you can expand this acquired knowledge through study abroad opportunities and a range of internationally focused activities on and off campus, such as conferences and speaker seminars as well as fieldtrips to locations such as Westminster and Brussels, and local government and charities. You are also encouraged to engage in current research, working alongside staff as student research assistants which can lead to publications in peer-reviewed journals.

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All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated throughout this page.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years including a 4-week placement (or 4 years including a minimum 30-week placement), full-time

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 104-112 tariff points from 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.  For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. As an indication, 83% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

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Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

We are an inclusive, friendly university and we value the different skills and abilities that a wide range of people can bring to our courses. That’s why we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds with varied and different experiences.

We consider lots of different qualifications to make sure that those who have the talent and the ability to study and learn with us are given the chance to do so. If there’s anything here that isn’t clear, or we don’t answer your questions, get in touch with the Future Students Enquiry Team.

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Entry requirements

Careers

The world of politics is constantly evolving and in today’s hyper-mediated environment, there is an even greater need for people who understand the role the media plays within politics. 

This is a new course, 85% of our students from similar courses are in work or further study within six months of completing their course, with an average salary of £23,500 per year.

Our staff

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the politics sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be.  You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student; see our Belong+ pages for more information.

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What our students say

Joe Bulman

Discussion is key to the course. You'll always be encouraged to express your opinions, even if the majority in the group disagree with them.

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Dr Anastasia Veneti

Learn to conduct research, form opinions and critically assess political matters, marshal arguments in a clear logical fashion and communicate their thoughts.

What our students say

Elina Kuusio

It's a very interesting course that will give you a new perspective on the media, international relations and political communication.