Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


Undergraduate                  BA (Hons)

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What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • British Political History since 1945

  • Introduction to International Relations

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics

  • Philosophy, History and Ideology

  • Introduction to the Politics of the World Economy

Optional modules

  • Introduction to War and Politics

  • Conflict in the Middle East

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • British Government

  • Understanding States and Markets

  • History of Political Thought

  • Paths of Research

Optional modules

  • Understanding the European Union

  • Understanding America

  • Terrorism, War and Ethics

  • Understanding China

  • The Politics and Philosophy of the Environment

  • Ethnic Conflict Resolution

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

The final year consists entirely of optional modules.

  • Dissertation

  • UK Politics in an Age of Austerity

  • Being Great

  • BRICS: Emerging Powers in International Affairs

  • The US in Vietnam

  • Dangerous Minds

  • One Semester Abroad

  • One-Semester Internship

  • The World We’re In

  • Democracy and Legitimacy in the European Union

  • Critics of Capitalism

  • One-Semester Dissertation

If you opt for the One-Semester Internship, you'll have access to our exclusive seminar series presented by senior parliamentary officials including Black Rod, the Speaker, the Serjeant-at-Arms, and the Clerk of the House of Commons.

"I'm currently being taught by Lord Norton of Louth, so I'm being taught by people who are actually currently sitting in the House of Lords."

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More about this course

For more than 35 years, our BA Politics degree has produced graduates who have put their political skills and knowledge into practice. They've pursued careers of public and political prominence at Westminster, in Whitehall, at the BBC and with many other organisations all over the world. What distinguishes politics at Hull is the opportunity to apply your studies to the real world. We have an established programme of internships with public and private organisations, including a challenging three-month placement at Westminster. You can also choose to study at one of our partner universities in Europe, Hong Kong or North America.

This programme focuses on the most important topics and debates in past and contemporary politics. Key advances in human security and welfare, political theory, political economy, development and environmental sustainability, and British Politics are just some of the issues you'll analyse in detail. You’ll be encouraged to question conventional wisdom and your own preconceived ideas. And you'll graduate with the ability to think as a political analyst, theorist, historian, or an actual politician or political activist. Our BA Politics with a Foundation Year degree is ideal if you've had time away from education or need to enhance your language and writing skills.

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The largest Westminster placement scheme in the UK, with unmatched access to MPs.

Our graduates are so numerous at Westminster and Whitehall, they’ve become known as the 'Hull Mafia'.

You could visit Brussels as part of your degree and see the inner workings of the European Union.

Our expert staff are recognised globally as contributing to the cutting-edge of political research.

Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £13,500

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

Many of our graduates are now working within the political arena in Westminster or Whitehall as party members, consultants, researchers and Civil Servants. Our graduates are so numerous there, they are known as the 'Hull Mafia'.

Some of the posts held by our graduates include: Senior Assistant, Prime Minister’s Political Office; Director of Communications, Financial Times; Member of Parliament; Senior Communications Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross (Geneva); Film Director, ITV Tonight Programme; and Head of Political Communications, the Labour Party.

This course also leads to careers within the non-governmental sector, the media, public relations, academia, charities and international organisations. You can also choose the pathway to further study and training; our graduates have gone onto Masters courses in Political Research, International Relations and Global Politics.

As a graduate, you will continue to have access to the University Careers Service, which will provide a wealth of advice, information and guidance to help ready you for the world of work.