Politics BA (Hons)

Key information


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This flexible and broad programme explores the different approaches to political science in a range of national and international settings.

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 may apply to take part in the Parliamentary Placement Scheme.

Programme in detail

All students are required to take the modules Foundations in politics, and Foundations in international politics. As a 100% Politics student you are also required to take a 30 credit, Introduction to political theory module. In years two and three you then go on to more specialist modules such as British political ideologies; Gender and global politics: women peace and security; Security in a globalised world; Comparative peace processes; International political economy; Comparative politics of the Middle East and North Africa. You have completely free choice in your modules of interest in your second and third years.

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

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

In Year One you take two compulsory modules Foundations in Politics and Foundations in International Politics, as well as two optional modules focused on British Politics, Comparative Politics, or Study Skills.

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 piece of work on a topic of your choice.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

184 Year One undergraduates in 2018

Graduate prospects

94% are employed or in further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17)

Research performance

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 50% of our research impact was judged outstanding.
The Department produces research of international standing and engages in a wide range of dissemination and engagement work to ensure the impact of this work is maximised both within academia and beyond.

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

Our programmes are developed with a broad range of employers and industries in mind and the extensive critical, communication and research skills our students gain have meant our recent graduates have found success in a diverse range of careers.

Learn from research-active staff

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 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.