What you'll study
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.
First year modules
British Political History since 1945
The UK's political history 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.
Introduction to International Relations
Explore the theories that have been developed to advance our knowledge of how global politics works, and the ways in which the field of international relations is expanding today.
Introduction to Comparative Politics
This module combines a thematic assessment of key features of modern states with a country-by-country study, allowing you to begin making comparisons.
Philosophy, History and Ideology
Learn how to analyse the structure of contemporary political ideologies and assess the historical interrelations between key philosophical concepts and their political implications.
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.
Contemporary Political Issues
Develop your critical thinking and analytical skills by considering views, debates and policies on topics such as immigration, environment, UK political crises, domestic terrorism and human rights.
Second year modules
In the age of Brexit, who governs Britain? Discover the institutions of the British state, from Downing Street to the devolved assemblies, and from the Conservatives to Labour.
History of Political Thought
You'll learn about the thoughts and historical context of some of the world's most important philosophers and political theorists Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Marx (among others).
Paths of Research
Discover the research techniques and skills used in the study of politics. This module unpacks everything you'll need for conducting research in your own area of interest.
Understanding States and Markets: An Introduction to Political Economy
Discover the history of ideas in political economy, and their modern relevance. You’ll explore the work of Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, Friedrich Hayek and Joseph Stiglitz.
Understanding the European Union
Learn about the history and politics of the European Union. You'll consider its core policies, including the European Single Market, environmental policy and the implications of Brexit.
An introduction to the political culture and institutions of the USA. You'll consider America's international role and the relationship between its domestic and international policies.
Electoral and Voting Systems
Stalin said: “It's not the people who vote that count. It's the people who count the votes.” Investigate into how far systems of voting determine election results around the world.
International Relations Theory
Examine the state of international relations theory, beginning with an analysis of realism. You'll consider whether we are returning to geopolitics reminiscent of the Cold War era.
The Global South
You'll explore issues such as equality, income distribution, gender, role of states and markets and democracy in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
The United Nations and Global Security
This module introduces you to the study of state interaction within the context of the world’s major inter-governmental security organisation: the United Nations.
This module examines the economic transformations of China in a historical, cultural and political context. You'll evaluate the major issues and challenges facing the nation.
Final year modules
You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.
Apply knowledge learned on your degree in a real working environment on one of our unique internship opportunities - enhance your chance of getting a job at the same time.
One Trimester Abroad
An opportunity to study for a semester abroad at any of our partner institutions. Select a number of modules on offer from the host institution to count towards your degree.
UK Politics in an Age of Austerity and Brexit
Examine contemporary debates on economic, social and political renewal. You'll cover topics such as: Brexit, austerity, foreign policy and the future of the welfare state.
BRICS: Emerging Powers in International Affairs
Discover challenges facing the five emerging powers (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in the shifting power structures of international affairs.
Study the relationship between ideas, the people who promote them, and political practice. From Plato, to Machiavelli, explore just how influential and dangerous ideas can be.
Critics of Capitalism
Study some of the most important critics of capitalist societies. You'll explore issues such as capitalist oppression, exploitation and the corruption of music and art.
This module enables you to undertake independent research on a question of your choice. Working with an academic across your final semester, you'll write a 6,000-word dissertation.
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.
The Contemporary House of Commons
Study the functions of the House of Commons and how they are shaped by the changes in the political environment. Examine what MPs do - collectively and individually.
Examine how legislatures fit within systems of government. You'll explore the Westminster model, US Congress, and the Brazilian, German, South African and Chinese parliaments.
Contemporary Political Philosophy
How should we think about justice, equality, liberty and democracy? Explore ways of addressing these topics through critical readings of leading political philosophers.
Conflicts in British Culture
Who are the British? What do they believe in? Explore key cultural conficts, such as free speech, gay marriage, feminism, transgenderism, Brexit, multi-culturalism and abortion.
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.
Parliament in the UK: Approaches to Reform
Study Parliament in the context of constitutional change. You'll explore electoral reform, pressure for a Bill of Rights, devolution, referendums and membership of the EU.
Germany in the New Europe
This module assesses the reunified Germany and its role in the new Europe. You'll learn about Germany's political parties, its government and its main policies.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.