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Politics BA (Hons)

In an ever-changing political landscape, this course will help you understand events and issues that shape our world, from local to global.

Overview

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

Politics is all around us, shaping our world as well as our everyday lives.

This course will give you insight, knowledge and understanding of the role politics plays at local, national and global levels. The programme benefits from the national and international expertise and background of the members of the teaching team and our local and international networks, whose expertise and knowledge are embedded within the curriculum.

We offer a research-informed curriculum that provides both the practical tools and the theoretical knowledge to understand a wide range of political issues and respond to the current social, political and economic challenges. Choose from module options within the field of public policy, political analysis and political theory including Environmental Politics, Health Politics, Global Comparative Politics, British Government and Political Thought. The curriculum contains a wide variety of learning and assessment methods designed to suit different student styles and capabilities, and to enhance students’ transferable and professional skills.

Key features

  • Benefit from opportunities to engage in debates, attend conferences and learn from guest speakers. Previous Politics students have had national and international opportunities such as presenting at the United Nations headquarters in New York and engaging with local stakeholders.
  • Our DMU Works careers programme can help you get work-ready through placement opportunities with local, national and global companies. Students have landed placement roles at the House of Commons, Welsh Assembly, GlaxoSmithKline, Rolls-Royce and local governments and communities.
  • We are the only university in the UK to hold both ‘Congress to Campus’ and ‘European Parliament to Campus’ events, which see prominent political figures visit DMU to enhance your learning experience.
  • Add an extra dimension to your studies through our DMU Global international experience scheme. Politics students have recently been on study-related trips to Hong Kong, Brussels and Washington, D.C.

Scholarships

DMU offers a range of scholarships to support our students.

DMU Sport Scholarship
Find out more about the DMU Sport Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

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

Visit our fees and funding page for more information.

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International Relations and Politics BA (Hons)

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course codes: L200

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

Fees and funding: 

2022/23 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

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

Institution code: D26

UCAS course codes: L200

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

Fees and funding:

2022/23 tuition fees for international students: £14,750.

Find out more about available funding for international students.

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

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

  • A typical offer is 112 UCAS points. You need to study at least two subjects at A-level or equivalent (eg BTEC)

Plus, five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent) with English (Language or Literature) and Maths GCSE required as separate qualifications at grade 4

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

  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ points

 

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 information

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours

 

Year 2

Plus two 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.

Assessment is through coursework (presentations, seminar contributions, your portfolio, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test. You will also be challenged through simulation games, problem solving exercises, online collaborative projects and policy papers. Assessment is typically weighted as follows in your first year:

  • Exam: 47%
  • Coursework: 53%

These assessment weightings are indicative only. The exact weighting may vary depending on option modules chosen by students and teaching methods deployed by the academic member of staff each year. Indicative assessment weighting and assessment type per module are shown as part of the module information. Again these are based on the current academic session. 

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course. Each module is worth 30 credits. It is expected that student will spend a total of 300 hours of study for each module. You should be prepared to devote approximately 10 contact hours a week to your studies and additional independent hours of study in order to succeed. 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.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will have access to 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 IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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DMU Global

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 DMU Global, 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.

Politics students have recently visited the European Parliament in Brussels to find out about its work as the voice of European Union citizens, and about the impact the EU makes across both Europe and the world.

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Placements

As part of this course you will have the option to complete a paid placement year which offers invaluable professional experience.

Our exciting careers programme DMU Works 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.

Our students have taken placements with companies including House of Commons, Welsh Assembly, GlaxoSmithKline and Rolls Royce.

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

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Graduate careers

This Degree will empower you to apply academic theory to real-life situations. Our lecturers will equip you with the skills sought by employers – from communication and team working to independent research and critical analysis.

Graduates from this course have progressed to careers in the private and public sectors in positions such as Campaign Manager for Labour, Deputy Social Media Editor for the Independent, a graduate position on IBM’s sought-after HR Leadership Development Programme and a place on a Local Government trainee scheme.

Business and Globalisation student Gareth Watson was offered a role in project management with Defence Aerospace - Rolls-Royce during his final year at DMU. Find out more here.

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