Politics BA (Hons)

Key information


Career prospects

Our graduates enjoy successful careers in a range of professions, including broadcasting, marketing and public relations, teaching in universities, colleges and schools, management, government (local, national and European), journalism and the civil service.

Many of our graduates have gone on to exciting careers including as a member of parliament, an oil broker, an assistant to the Treasury, an assistant chief constable, the secretary of the UK National Trust, a barrister, a partner in a New York-based advertising company, a Westminster-based political consultant, a features writer for The Independent and the news editor of a music weekly.

Recent employers

  • Dell
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • The National Trust
  • The British Council
  • The Independent.

Work experience opportunities

Parliamentary Placement Scheme

Politics students at Liverpool have the opportunity to participate in a Parliamentary Placement Scheme, which offers the chance to put your theoretical knowledge of politics into a practical setting. Working alongside an MP, you will be expected to undertake parliamentary duties and conduct political research, developing your key skills and subject knowledge.

This exciting placement, taking place in the second semester of your third year, gives you the chance to gain an insight into the workings of politics and government and offers valuable work experience that can enhance your prospects as a graduate.

Successful students will be assigned to an MP (with political party preference taken into account), and will be expected to work four days a week.

Postgraduate opportunities

Qualifying you for life

A politics degree equips people with a wide range of transferable skills, which will be highly beneficial in any work-place setting. These include critical and analytical thinking, analysing evidence and constructing arguments, oral and written communication skills and time management. A University of Liverpool politics graduate will also be familiar with using quantative and qualitative data, speechwriting, and presenting. Team working is also encouraged, as is independent study, which helps foster initiative, resourcefulness and self-reliance.

History and Politics BA (Hons)

Constituency Secretary to David Cameron
House of Commons Constituency Office

Life at the University of Liverpool was a great stepping stone between school life and adulthood in the ‘real working world’. There is a great vibe about the whole University: in the halls of residence in first year, in the Politics Department and, of course, the ‘buzziness’ of the city itself. I would highly recommend the University to prospective students.