Politics (with placement year)
Entry 2018: This course is not running
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Social Sciences
This single-Honours Politics degree is located within the Division of Peace Studies, an internationally recognised centre of excellence, and allows you to study politics within an unusually interdisciplinary department, with an applied approach.
Politics is the study of power and influence, or conversely, marginalisation and exclusion.
In seeking to understand ‘who gets what, when and how’, studying Politics involves exploring the processes by which decisions are made, the ideologies and behaviours that underpin them, and the mechanisms through which they are pursued and implemented.
The BA Politics degree is strongly international in focus while providing a solid grounding in political theory, concepts and analysis.
Between your second and final year you will undertake a work placement or period of study abroad.
Employers emphasise the need for intellectual skills, self-skills and interactive attributes such as teamwork or persuasiveness, and you will develop high levels of competence in many of these marketable and transferable skills.
In addition to your formal lectures, we host talks and seminars by eminent external speakers on international and comparative politics.
Within the department you can draw on our teaching staff’s extensive regional expertise on Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Central Asia and the Far East, and how they have applied this to diverse issues such as democratisation, social movement mobilisation, grassroots participation, and institutional reform.
A year of professional experience or study abroad means you can take advantage of the many contacts that staff and our international study body have with local and international government and non-governmental organisations around the world, such as the permaculture movement.
This additional year means you graduate with enhanced life, language, academic and educational skills, ready for postgraduate employment. We also use our many alumni around the world to mentor and support you.
These entry requirements are shown as a guide only. To check whether you meet the full entry requirements please call 0800 073 1225
BTEC Extended Diploma:
There are no specific subject requirements.
Applicants on Access Programmes:
There are no specific subject requirements.
Plus minimum of:
GCSE English at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).
Additional entry requirements:
If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.
English language requirements:
Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
Find more information on our module descriptors page.
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
88% of our 2016 Peace Studies and International Development graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*
Graduates in the Division of Peace Studies are qualified for the full range of careers open to any social science student, including journalism, the civil service, teaching, research, the security sector, and the voluntary sector, including international organisations.
Peace Studies graduates typically follow careers in local and international non-governmental development agencies, international bodies, education, journalism, and the civil service.
The average starting salary for our 2016 Peace Studies graduates was £20,571.*
*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £9,250*
- Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
- International: £14,250
- International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,430
* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.
See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
See our Fees and Financial Support website.
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