Minor in Politics

UCAS code: Your UCAS code will be the code of your Major.

Available for students starting in September 2018

If you choose a Minor in Politics you will study where power lies in political systems and how this affects the organisation of society. You will gain knowledge and understanding of Politics in Britain and Europe, and across a range of debates and issues. You will learn how apply different concepts and theories.

Year 1

In your first year you will be introduced to the core areas that make up the study of Politics, and learn about similarities and differences in the political systems of European countries. Weekly small-group tutorials will provide a space in which to discuss important current issues in more depth, expanding on the themes explored in your lectures.


  • Politics, Power and Ethics
  • Comparative European Politics

Year 2

In your second year you will study political parties and the party system in Britain, including both continuity and change in the ideologies of the main political parties, and the rise of smaller parties. You will also learn about the EU as a political system, including relations between the main institutions, democracy and participation, and how it makes policy in a range of areas.


  • Political Parties in Contemporary Britain
  • European Union Politics

Year 3

In your final year you will be able to choose from several modules in each semester, which will allow you to study specialist topics in greater depth and detail.


Choose two option modules from:

  • American Political Development
  • Democratization and EU Enlargement in Post-Communist Europe
  • The Political Legacies of Conflict in Northern Ireland
  • Political Participation in Britain
  • Political Parties in Western Democracies
  • The Politics of Contemporary British Foreign Policy

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Entry requirements

No specific entry requirements.


Essays, essay-based examinations, written reports, seminar presentations, contributions to class discussions, problem-solving exercises.

Now choose your Major

On a Major/Minor degree, you study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (in this case Politics).


Please note that you cannot study a Minor in Politics with a Major in:

  • Global Studies
  • International Relations
  • Politics

Request information about Major/Minor degrees.