All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.
The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.
Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.
Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).
Politics of the Environment
Analyse attitudes towards the environment and the politics of the environmental movement, pressure groups, political parties, states, the EU and international organisations.
Study the fascinating relationship between ideas, the people who promote them, and political practice. From Plato, to Machiavelli, Gentile, Heidegger, Schmitt, and Strauss; explore just how influential and dangerous ideas can be.
UK Politics in an Age of Austerity and Brexit
Explore the most important contemporary political debates about economic, social and political renewal. You'll cover topics such as: Brexit, austerity, reform of the National Health Service, the future of the welfare state, foreign policy, constitutional reform and the politics of the two major UK political parties.
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.
Intelligence and National Security
The intelligence agencies (MI5, MI6, GCHQ, CIA, NSA) are constantly working in the background to provide security for their respective nation states. But how exactly does intelligence work? In this module you'll learn how intelligence is produced, how it is used, why intelligence failures sometimes occur (such as 9/11) and how democracies monitor and regulate these covert organisations.
Maritime Security in the 21st Century
This module explains what contemporary maritime security is and why it matters to you. Learn about the role of modern navies, piracy, terrorism, maritime law, economy, expeditionary warfare and the frightening fragility of the world you take for granted.
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.
Conflicts in British Culture
Who are the British and what do they believe in? How can they coexist peaceably? This module explores the key conflicts in British culture, including free speech, gay marriage, feminism, transgenderism, Brexit, multi-culturalism, abortion and the role of the university. It is not for the faint-hearted!
Democracy and Legitimacy in the European Union
This module focuses on the theoretical and empirical context in which democracy and legitimacy have become existential challenges for the European Union.
The Reunified Germany in the New Europe
This module assesses the reunified Germany and its role in the new Europe. You will learn about the Federal Republic of Germany's core political actors (e.g. political parties and the government), and its main policies (e.g. economic, immigration, environmental, European Union and foreign policies). You will consider whether liberal democracy has been firmly established in Germany.
Small Wars from Malaya through Ireland to Iraq
Insurgency and how to beat it is one of the most pressing problems or our time. Study the problem in case studies from the end of empire to the latest insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Politics of Contemporary Nuclear Proliferation and Non-Proliferation
War in the 21st Century
You'll explore the strategic, political and ethical implications of autonomous weapons systems, warfare in cyberspace, and the significance of modern nuclear forces, which is growing once again. Ultimately, you'll discover what these military developments mean for our security and the evolution of future warfare.
This module enables you to undertake independent research on a question of your choice. Working with an academic across your final semester, you will write a 6,000-word 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.