politics

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

    This module details the political history of the UK after World War Two. From Eden to the EEC and from Wilson to the 'Winter of Discontent', encounter the people, ideas and policies that have shaped modern Britain.

  • British Government

    In the age of Brexit, who governs Britain? Discover the institutions of the British state from 10 Downing Street to the Houses of Parliament, from Whitehall to the devolved assemblies, and from the Conservative Party to Labour.

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics

    This module introduces you to comparative politics as an approach to studying states. It combines a thematic assessment of key features of modern states (which provides the basis of comparison) with a country-by-country study: allowing you to begin making comparisons.

  • Introduction to the Politics of the World Economy

    Explore how politics defines the power map of the world's economy and provides the constitution for markets. We'll introduce you to the principal ideas, institutions, policies and institutions which shape the politics of the global economy.

  • Understanding the European Union

    Learn about the history and politics of the European Union. You'll assess the EU's main actors, such as the European Council, Council, Commission and European Parliament, and its core policies, the European Single Market, Economic and Monetary Union, environmental policy and the Common Foreign and Security Policy, as well as the implications of Brexit.

Core modules

  • Philosophy, History and Ideology

    Learn how to analyse the structure of contemporary political ideologies. And discover to assess the historical interrelations between key philosophical concepts and their political implications.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • The Contemporary House of Commons

    Study the functions of the UK House of Commons, and how these are shaped by the changes in the political environment. Having looked at what MPs do collectively, the module concludes by looking at what Members do individually, primarily as constituency representatives.

  • Electoral and Voting Systems

    Electoral systems aren't neutral: the system creates the results. Stalin said, “It's not the people who vote that count. It's the people who count the votes.” Join the investigation into how far systems of voting determine election results around the world.

  • Comparative Legislatures

    Examine the role of legislatures and their functions, looking at how they fit within particular systems of government. You'll explore case studies such as the Westminster model, the US Congress, the Brazilian, German, South African and Chinese parliaments and the European Parliament.

  • Paths of Research

    Discover the full range of research techniques and skills used in the academic study of politics. This module introduces everything you'll need for conducting research in your own area of interest within the field of politics, from statistical analysis to using texts.

  • Parliament in the UK: Approaches to Reform

    Study the UK Parliament in the context of constitutional change, both actual and proposed. Examine the work of the House of Lords, and the consequences of incremental change within Parliament, electoral reform, pressure for a Bill of Rights, devolution, referendums, and membership of the European Union.

Optional modules

  • Terrorism, War and Ethics

    Explore the history, evolution and political and legislative impact of terrorism, as well as ethical arguments around it. You'll uncover the history of terrorism and learn about violent political groups from the 19th century to the present day.

  • Understanding China

    This module examines the economic transformations of contemporary China in a historical, cultural and political context. You'll evaluate the major issues and challenges facing the People’s Republic of China.

  • The Politics and Philosophy of the Environment

    How should we think about the environment? And how should we act towards to it? You'll study environmental attitudes, the politics and ideology of environmentalism, its ethics and philosophy, pressure groups and political parties, and the principles of environmental policy.

  • Ethnic Conflict Resolution and Peace Building

    Engaging theoretical concepts and empirical cases, this module analyses ethno-national conflicts, their resolution and the challenges of post-conflict peace building. It examines cases such as Israel-Palestine Conflict, Northern Ireland peace process, Darfur Crisis, the Kurds question, and Tamil-Sinhalese conflict.

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

    Develop a specialist subject. Research and write a 12,000 word dissertation with academic supervision. A module of independent study.

Optional modules

  • European Union Politics and Institutions

  • Being Great

    Gain an understanding of the role that Great Powers play in international politics and of how their existence and role serves to challenge some of the central tenets of traditional International Relations thinking. At a time of major shifts in global power, it will enable you to make sense of some of the key issues of contemporary international politics.

  • BRICS: Emerging Powers in International Affairs

    Develop your theoretical and empirical knowledge to understand and comparatively examine the challenges facing the five emerging powers (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in the shifting power structures of international affairs.

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

    Explore the politics of globalisation, global governance and provision of global public goods for human development. You'll look at issues such as security, prosperity, financial stability and sustainability through case studies of the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Economic Forum, and World Trade Organization.

  • Critics of Capitalism

    In this module, you study some of the most important critics of politics and the economy in capitalist societies. You'll explores issues such as capitalist oppression, the nature of work, the corruption of music and art by "big business", vanity and alienation, exploitation, and the capitalism's alleged continuing imperialist machinations, as well as exploring alternatives to 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.

Teaching and Learning
Scheduled
Placement
Independent

First year

19%

81%

Second year

18%

82%

Final year

17%

83%

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

70%

30%

Second year

42%

58%

Final year

34%

66%

Our teaching staff

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

2019 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: 32 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 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

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.