Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

British Politics and Legislative Studies

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: L230

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • British Political History since 1945

  • British Government

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics

  • Introduction to the Politics of the World Economy

  • Understanding the European Union

Core modules

  • Philosophy, History and Ideology

  • Conflict in the Middle East

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • The Contemporary House of Commons

  • Electoral and Voting Systems

  • Comparative Legislatures

  • Paths of Research

  • Parliament in the UK: Approaches to Reform

Optional modules

  • Terrorism, War and Ethics

  • Understanding China

  • The Politics and Philosophy of the Environment

  • Ethnic Conflict and Resolution

Industrial placement

* Modules are subject to availability

The third year is spent in Westminster working for a Member of Parliament or a peer. While on placement, you’ll also complete the following modules.

  • Research Proposal
  • Research Paper
  • Self-Evaluation Document

You'll be fully supported throughout your internship – both in Westminster by former Hull placement students who now work there full-time, and by our dedicated member of staff in Hull who will be in regular contact.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Long Dissertation

Optional modules

  • European Union Politics and Institutions

  • Approaches to Presidential Power in the USA

  • Being Great

  • BRICS: Emerging Powers in International Affairs

  • The World We’re in: Globalisation and Democratic Governance in Practice

  • Democracy and Legitimacy in the European Union

  • Critics of Capitalism

"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

A specialised and unique course with a 12-month placement in Westminster, this is an intellectually demanding programme through which you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of British parliamentary procedures and behaviours. The first two years of the programme are based in Hull, where you’ll study British political history, UK Parliamentary institutions, comparative institutions, political theory, electoral systems and comparative politics. In Year 3, you’ll get unparalleled access to the Houses of Parliament and the internal mechanisms of British democracy, while working alongside an MP or peer. The large pool of MPs engaged with our programme means that we're likely to be able to match you with a politician whose role reflects your area of political interest. You'll also have access to our exclusive seminar series which regularly features presentations by senior Parliamentary officials including Black Rod, the Speaker, the Serjeant-at-Arms, and the Clerk of the House of Commons.

Studying this course at Hull opens doors of opportunity to those considering a career in Parliament. Our graduates are well known throughout the major UK political parties. In fact, we have so many graduates now working in Westminster that they've affectionately become known as 'the Hull Mafia'. And it's because of the quality and prestige of this course that Hull has produced more special advisors (SpAds) than any other university.

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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: 128 points. Points can be from any qualification 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: 30 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with 45 credits at distinction

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview.

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...

128 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

This course leads to a variety of careers, such as political consultancy, the media, the Civil Service, public relations, political parties, parliament, charities, as well as international organisations. Recent examples include Head of Operations at Conservative Campaign Headquarters; Managing Director of Edleman Public Affairs; Head of Development (Factual Programmes) at the BBC; Director of UK Government Affairs at Hewlett Packard Ltd; Public Affairs Manager at Network Rail; and Head of Public Affairs at the Royal British Legion.

We like to keep in touch with our graduates and do so by facilitating the Graduates Association. Members are notified of interesting news and events occurring in the world of Politics as well as receiving an annual copy of the Graduate Directory, which is an excellent tool for networking, particularly in the early stages of your career.