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Politics (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

100% overall satisfaction, (Politics and related subjects) National Student Survey, 2017

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Overview

Watch: Senior Lecturer in Politics, Dr Clodagh Harrington, talks about the wide range of opportunities Politics BA (Hons) students can get involved with.


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. You can pair this knowledge with either History, Economics, International Relations or Journalism to create a tailored course that broadens your expertise 

Key features

  • 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
  • DMU is recognised as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
    as a result 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

Scholarships

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

DMU Global High Flyers Award
The DMU Global High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a DMU Global opportunity (subject to terms and conditions).

DMU Sports Scholarship
Find out more about the DMU 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 2020/21 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

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: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £13,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

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.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

  • A typical offer is:

    Politics and History (LV21) – 112 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 Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent)

    English (Language or Literature) and Maths GCSE required as separate qualifications at grade C

    We will normally require students to have had a break from full time education before undertaking the Access course

** 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 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest 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:

  • Politics of the European Union*
  • Unity and Diversity in Contemporary America*
  • Government and Business
  • Corruption and its Avoidance
  • Comparative Local Government*

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 our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work, and high-spec IT labs installed with professional software.

Library services

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Campus Centre

The home of  De Montfort Students' Union, (DSU) our Campus Centre offers a welcoming and lively hub for student life. Conveniently located at the heart of campus, it includes a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. Here you can find the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and DSU’s shop, SUpplies, selling art supplies, stationery and clothing, and printing and binding services. The building is also home to the DSU officer team. 

Opportunities and careers

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#DMUglobal

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global 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 DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

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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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