BA (Hons)

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What you'll study

* All modules are subject to availability

BA (Hons) with Foundation Year

The foundation year has been designed to prepare you for entry onto the degree. You’ll study the following modules.

  • Personal Career Development
  • Digital Technology and Numeracy Skills
  • Managing Your Own Learning
  • Intercultural Communications
  • Politics, War and Ethics
  • The Power of Ideas 

Fees and funding

UK/EU: £9,250

Overseas: £13,500

Foundation Year:

Home/EU students: £6,165

Overseas: £9,000

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

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

Teaching and Assessment

Typical breakdown of teaching time - based on a core of 1,200 hours per year

Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning
YearScheduledPlacementIndependent Study
FY  21%  0%  79%
Y1  17%  0%  83%
Y2  17%  0%  83%
Final  17%  0%  83%
FY  30%  0%  70%
Y1  60%  7%  33%
Y2  67%  7%  26%
Final  42%  0%  58%

About the 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.


BA (Hons)

4 years

Entry requirements

Foundation Year entry requirements:

  • The foundation year is designed for applicants whose qualifications and experience do not allow direct entry to the undergraduate degree.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application.
  • For applicants with A levels in subjects other than those key to the degree, we will usually require a minimum of 80 points from Level 3 qualifications.

International students

(language requirements)

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 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.

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.