Politics BA (Hons)

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School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

Political decisions affect every area of your life. By studying politics, you’ll find out about the theories and practices of power and governance, from local to international level. Taught by experts who regularly appear in the media to share their expertise, you will learn a range of valuable skills that enable you to explore a number of careers. Here, we encourage you to shape your own degree to suit your interests and career aspirations. You’ll also have access to our extensive networks in politics, academia and industry, and will benefit from exciting placements and study abroad opportunities to boost your employability.

A popular destination

Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2017, the Department of Politics continues to grow, with student numbers nearly trebling since 2014. Applications to study in the Department are continuing to grow. The Department’s growth reflects the rising popularity of the subject nationally, our student-centred focus and the distinctive approach we offer to the study of Politics at Liverpool, with staff and students actively engaging with key contemporary political issues and debates.

Vibrant and engaging

Our Department is strongly committed to engaging with the political world, a culture which enthuses staff and students alike. Politics staff regularly appear in the media, give evidence to parliamentary select committees and speak at public events. We also undertake regular activities around key political events, such as the 2015 General Election, the 2016 Brexit vote, the 2017 French and German elections and the 2016 US Elections. Our November 2016 US election results all-nighter, organised jointly with the Liverpool Guild of Students, drew almost 2,000 people to watch the results on large TV screens and listen to a panel of University experts analysing the results as they came in. Politics undergraduates have also been involved in contributing to BBC debates about Brexit, in presenting a weekly Politics show on Liverpool Student Radio and in undertaking data analysis during our live election nights.

Which degree

Are you fascinated by the nature of power and citizenship? Do you follow significant global trends, such as ethnic conflict and the declining power of nation states? A Single Honours degree in Politics or International Politics and Policy may be the course for you.

You also might want to pursue an Honours Select degree, allowing you to combine two different specialist topics. We offer a wide range of Joint (50:50) degrees across the Faculty. In addition, we also give you the option to study two subjects on a 75:25 basis, focusing 75% of your time on your Major subject and 25% of your time on your Minor.

See www.liverpool.ac.uk/honours-select for more information.


Madeleine Le Bourdon

International Politics and Policy BA (Hons)

Politics is everywhere, it’s local, national, international. It affects everything we do. I chose Liverpool because there is such a nice atmosphere, it’s not huge, you can interact with your lecturers all the time. They are always enthusiastic. When I came to visit, that enthusiasm was contagious. With politics, it’s not just picking up a book, you are constantly learning.

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