Politics shapes the world. It impacts every area of our lives – the economy, environment, media and civil society. It has a fascinating history. And it provides a promising career path for your future.
Here at Bucks New University, we’re dedicated to preparing you for the working world. This course covers the theory, but it also gives you a solid understanding of what skills you’ll need for a career in politics and international relations.
- Discover the driving forces behind political, economic and socio-cultural changes across the world
- London, one of the world’s greatest cities, is just a short train ride away
- We’ve made sure the course is focused on your career, with topics relevant to any employer in the sector
- It’s not just lectures – you’ll have plenty of opportunities to visit political institutions, take part in workshops and use our digital resources
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
UCAS CODE: L243
You’ll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, and independent study. Since the course covers such a wide range of topics, no two days will be the same.
The wide world of politics
Politics is constantly evolving. You’ll learn about different political systems and global institutions, and how their past has shaped what the world looks like today.
We’ll also look at the way strategies and policies come about. You’ll need to develop knowledge in a wide range of related areas, including economic development, the environment, media and civil society. With insight from across social sciences and humanities, this course covers a huge spectrum.
Politics in practice
You’ll discover how political institutions use their power, and how social movements and new ideas challenge our sense of identity, community and political participation. Looking at technology, surveillance and communications, we’ll also explore how political imagination is adapting for the future.
To do well in your assessments, you need to focus on real solutions. Using your critical thinking skills, you’ll think about new ways to address national, regional or international political issues. Using archives and other resources, you’ll conduct your own political science research to inform your work.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year One Modules
- British Politics
- World Politics
- Introduction to Political Thought
- Media, Communications and Politics
- Comparative Politics
- International History
- Introduction to Political Research
- Politics and the Environment
Year Two Modules
- Political Sociology
- US Politics
- Resistance, Rebellion and Revolution
- International Political Economy
- Political Research Project
- Art, Culture and Politics
- Politics and the Middle East
- Politics of Global Development
Year Three Modules
- Emerging Powers
- The European Union, Democracy and its Discontents
- Politics, Surveillance and Technology
- Uncertain Futures: Politics in the 21st Century
- Global Governance
- Diplomacy and Statecraft
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks