Undergraduate courses

We pride ourselves on combining intellectually diverse programmes with a friendly atmosphere. You'll study political concepts, power and ethics. Then take in specialised areas of study as you build towards your third-year dissertation. Our experts explore some of the most important and interesting issues in national and international politics.

Our courses

Politics BA (with optional year abroad) 
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: L200
Who holds power and why? Is globalisation positive? When is war just? Politics is made for people who love to tackle the big topics. In this degree, you’ll study political systems and learn how to write, research and reason with incredible clarity.

International Relations BA (with optional year abroad)  
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: L250
The world is built on relationships. But how are these shaped and tested by global issues like terrorism, human rights and the distribution of power? You’ll learn about the key concepts of international relations, as well as how to work out in the field.

International Relations and History BA (with optional year abroad)  
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: LV21
How did the Cold War divide the world? What is the current state of Britain’s political system? In this degree, you’ll explore the link between history and international relations, and learn how to tackle the most important issues facing world politics.

Politics and Economics BA (with optional year abroad)  
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: LL12
Politics and economics will always go hand in hand. In this degree, you’ll explore how each discipline impacts the other, how to analyse political issues and ideologies, and what it takes to solve real-world economic problems.

Politics and Sociology BA (with optional year abroad)  
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: LL23
How does the political world shape the social order? It’s an immense question. But in this degree, you’ll learn how to break it down into usable parts by studying politics and sociology side by side.

History and Politics BA (with optional year abroad)  
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: VL12
Every political issue and structure has historical roots. By studying history and politics side by side, you’ll learn how to analyse and untangle the past in order to tackle the problems facing society today.

Politics and International Relations BA (with optional year abroad)  
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: L290
How is power wielded on a national and international level? What is the relationship between the two? This degree will give you a solid grounding in both politics and international relations, helping you build the skills to make your mark out in the field.

Law with Politics LLB (with optional year abroad)  
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: M2L2
The hand of the law. The power of politics. Creating societal change often requires law and politics to work together. In this degree, you’ll study public policy in its legal context and gain the skills to work in firms with governmental interests.

Other degrees with Politics

American Studies BA (with optional year abroad)  
3-4 years, full-time | UCAS codes T700, T701
The USA. Love it or not, few countries have had such a profound global impact on culture, history, politics, technology and most aspects of modern life. You’ll take a sweeping look at the ideas, events and figures that have defined America, as well as pursue the topics that fascinate you most.

Contemporary History BA (with optional year abroad)  
3-4 years, full-time | UCAS code: V140
Modern history, contemporary politics and international relations. How has each field shaped the other? And what can this interaction tell us about events today? We don’t have to look back too far to find the answers, and this degree can take you there.

European Studies BA (with optional year abroad)
3-4 years, full-time | UCAS code: RL99
Where democracy was born and pizza invented. In this degree, you’ll deepen your appreciation of Europe through the study of French, Italian, or Spanish language and culture, as well as contemporary European politics.