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Politics (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

100% overall satisfaction score from our students (Politics, National Student Survey 2017) 

Overview

Reasons to study Politics at DMU:

Studying Politics BA (Hons) at DMU develops your understanding of the political decisions, processes and ideas that shape our lives. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of current political issues, and have opportunities to gain work experience, meet practitioners and travel overseas.

  • Broaden your knowledge base
    through this Joint Honours route by studying Politics alongside Economics, History, International Relations or Journalism
  • Innovative teaching approaches linking theory and practice
    such as simulations, engagement with House of Commons committees and the DMU Policy Commission
  • The only university in the UK to hold both Congress to Campus and European Parliament to Campus
    with former members of US Congress and former Members of European Parliament to enhance your study experience
  • Placement opportunities with local, national and global companies
    including Rolls Royce, GlaxoSmithKline, Heathrow Airport and the House of Commons
  • One of only three universities in the UK to be named a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in 2013
    in recognition of research and teaching excellence in European studies
  • Join our lively Politics Society with topical debates and well-known guest speakers
    which have included David Blunkett and Alastair Campbell in previous years 
  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
    trips have included Hong Kong, Berlin, Brussels, Washington and New York
  • Rated in the top 10 most popular universities in the UK by UCAS, find out more #ichoseDMU

Scholarships:
At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor’s Sports Scholarship
Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

International Scholarships
Find out about available scholarships and country specific fee discounts for international students.

 


More courses like this:

Economics and Politics BA (Hons)
Politics BA (Hons)
International Relations and Politics

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course codes: 
Politics and History LV21
Politics and Economics LL12 
Politics and International Relations L245
Politics and Journalism LPF5

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement.

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course codes: 
Politics and History LV21
Politics and Economics LL12 
Politics and International Relations L245
Politics and Journalism LPF5

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement.

Fees and funding: £12,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

  • A typical offer is:

    Politics and History (LV21) – 120 UCAS points
    Politics and Economics (LL12) – 112 UCAS points
    Politics and International Relations (L245) – 112 UCAS points
    Politics and Journalism (LPF5) – 104 UCAS points

    You need to study at least two subjects at A-level or equivalent (eg BTEC**)

  • International Baccalaureate: 28 + points
  • All students must have at least five GCSEs grades A–C including English Language and Maths.
  • Pass QAA Accredited AHE course and GCSE Maths and English grade C (Language or Literature) or recognised equivalent

** Further information about BTEC equivalencies

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

English language

If English is not your first language, an IELTS core of 6.5 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours

 

Year 2

  • Political Theory

Plus options from the following:

Year 3

Plus options from the following:

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught by a team whose work has achieved top scores in quality assessment exercises and by individuals who have National Teaching Fellow Status in recognition of their outstanding teaching. We are also active researchers and share our current work with you.

We use a variety of formats in our classes. In the first two years you attend weekly hour-long lectures and seminars in which you discuss the issues raised in lectures. In the third year teaching is in a two-hour workshop format where you often get to decide on the topics that are debated.

Throughout the course you will read around the areas being covered using course books and you must keep yourself up-to-date with developments in current affairs.

You are assessed through assignments, essays, exams, class presentations, seminar contributions, your portfolio and your dissertation. You will also be challenged through simulation games, problem-solving exercises, online collaborative projects and policy papers.

For more information on the Economics, History, Journalism and International Relations Joint Honours contact hours, please visit the course webpage’s. 

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. In the first year, you will typically have up to 14 contact hours of teaching most weeks. Teaching is through a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activity types is shown in each module description.

Other: In addition each module provides a two hour surgery each week for individual consultation with the lecturer. You will also have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor and careers and/or subject meetings scheduled throughout the year.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to use our on-line resources, participate in flipped or virtual classroom discussions on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study and revision for approximately 25 hours per week.

Subsequent years follow a similar pattern, however, the contact time will vary depending on your subject mix and options chosen, and the teaching methods appropriate to the module. Further details are contained in each module description.

For more information on the Economics, History, International Relations and Journalism Joint Honours contact hours, please visit the course web page’s. 

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.

Students benefit from a dedicated law environment complete with its own mock courtroom, client interviewing room and an integrated law library.

Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.

The Newarke café in Hugh Aston provides Costa Coffee as well a range of snacks and refreshments.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Campus Centre

The current home of De Montfort Students' Union (DSU), Campus Centre, has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU improving the student experience.

The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life. On the ground floor, visitors can eat or drink at a café selling Starbucks coffee, at Subway or at Milly Lane’s, the campus’ newest eatery run by DSU, selling freshly handmade hot and cold food, coffee and smoothies.

Also on the ground floor is a Spar and Subway. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and SUpplies, DSU’s shop, selling art supplies stationary  and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.

A newly-created staircase in the centre of the building leads up to the first floor, where the DSU officer team has new offices. 

Opportunities and careers

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

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Placements

Our optional paid placement year offers invaluable professional experience.

We can help you secure a placement through activities such as mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and you will be assigned a personal tutor to support you throughout your placement. 

We advertise posts in all locations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts.

Our students have taken placements with companies including Rolls Royce, GlaxoSmithKline, Heathrow Airport and the House of Commons.

For further details visit our placements page or contact @DMUBALPlacements.

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Graduate careers

You will graduate with well-developed research and communication skills as well as a good knowledge of political issues and institutions, making you attractive to a wide range of employers.

Recent graduates have gone into roles in the Civil Service, aid organisations, journalism, marketing, teaching and working for MPs.

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Accommodation

We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with nine halls of residence – and around 2,300 rooms – all of which are within easy walking distance of the campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.

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Student support

We have a dedicated team to help deal with any issues you may have before, during and after your studies. From finding accommodation and settling in, to arranging academic support during your studies – our support team can help directly or point you in the right direction of someone who can. Find out more.

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De Montfort Students' Union

Run by students for students, DSU now offers more than 120 societies as well as 40 sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in the union’s annual elections. Find out more.

 
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