Politics BA (Hons) Add to your prospectus

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: L210
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : Applications considered
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This flexible and broad programme explores the different approaches to political science in a range of national and international settings.

Study as part of joint-honours at 100:0 Choosing this subject as a Single Honours

You will explore political ideas, systems and processes and you will learn how to collect data, develop knowledge and construct arguments. We place particular emphasis on developing your communication skills. You will be introduced to the building blocks of political studies, and no prior specialist knowledge is required. Based on academic performance, Year Three students studying Politics at Single Honours or as a Major may apply to take part in the Parliamentary Placement Scheme.

Programme in detail

You will build the core of your studies through two British politics modules and two European politics modules in Year One. You then go on to more specialist modules such as British political ideologies; American politics and society; Security in a globalised world; Comparative peace processes; International political economy; Devolution in the UK; Comparative voting behaviour and Aspects of media and politics among others.

You may select the Dissertation module and complete a piece of sustained, original work on a topic of your own choice.

Please note: Single Honours students will also be required to take 30 credits as a minor subject in their first year.

Fieldwork opportunities

For further details about the Parliamentary Placement Scheme, click here.

Study as part of joint-honours at 75:25 Choosing this subject as a Major

You will build the core of your studies through two British politics modules and two European politics modules in Year One.

You then go on to more specialist modules such as British political ideologies; American politics and society; Security in a globalised world; Comparative peace processes; International political economy; Devolution in the UK; Comparative voting behaviour and Aspects of media and politics among others.

You may select the Dissertation module and complete a piece of sustained, original work on a topic of your own choice.

Please note: Single Honours students will also be required to take 30 credits as a minor subject in their first year.

Study as part of joint-honours at 50:50 Choosing this subject as a Joint

Students doing the 50% programme are ideally positioned to connect with a wide range of other disciplines that complement the study of politics, including history, business, languages, law, communication studies, philosophy, criminology and sociology. You will explore political ideas, systems and processes and learn how to collect data, develop knowledge and construct arguments. We place particular emphasis on developing your communication skills. You will be introduced to the building blocks of political studies – no prior specialist knowledge is required – and you will explore different approaches across a range of national and international settings.

In Year One you take two compulsory modules in either British or European politics, Foundations in international politics, or Foundations in politics.

In Years Two and Three there are a wide choice of optional modules, including the option of a Dissertation in Year Three, giving you the chance to complete a sustained, original work on a topic of your choice.

Study as part of joint-honours at 25:75Choosing this subject as a Minor

Studying politics lets you explore different approaches to political science in a range of national and international settings. Students taking the Minor programme add a strong social science dimension to their degree and will find that this is complementary to work across Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines. You will explore political ideas, systems and processes, learn how to collect data, develop knowledge, construct arguments and enhance your communication skills. No prior specialist knowledge of politics is required.

Students will undertake Foundations in politics or Foundations in international politics modules in Year One. Thereafter, there is a wide choice of modules including British political ideologies; American politics and society and Devolution in the UK among others.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

177 Year One undergraduates in 2016

National Student Survey

• 93% of our students say staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2016)
• 93% of our students say they are satisfied with their programme (National Student Survey 2016)

Why this subject?

Build your degree to reflect your interests

At Liverpool, you’ll get genuine diversity in the range of modules we offer with themes focused at national and international levels. Our programmes provide you with a solid foundation of political studies in Year One and we’ll then encourage and guide you to choose modules to develop your own specialist interests.

Strengthen your employability skills for a wide-range of careers

We realise that you may not have decided what career to pursue, or you may change your mind. Our programmes are developed with a broad range of employers and industries in mind and the extensive critical, communication and research skills you will gain mean that our recent graduates have found success in diverse areas such as broadcasting, journalism, the civil service, government, marketing, public relations and academia.

Learn from research-active staff

The study of politics focuses on power, citizenship, authority, conflict and cooperation in the world around us. You’ll explore theory and develop an understanding of historical, current and future developments. Study at Liverpool and immerse yourself in an environment where all your lecturers are actively researching and publishing in their specialist fields, with national and international reach.

Take placements to enhance your experience

We will support you to apply for work placements to complement your studies and prepare you for the workplace. At Liverpool, we offer a range of placements including international exchange programmes at one of our partner universities and an exciting opportunity to secure a placement with an MP at Westminster. You will also benefit from our ‘Europe and the World Centre’, a recognised European ‘Centre of Excellence’ which specialises in relations between Europe and the rest of the world.