Politics BA (Hons)

This course delivers key academic, analytical and employability skills. It covers government and political institutions, political theory and ideas and international relations and politics, grounded in core skills of political analysis and research methods training. You will study government and political institutions at all levels, the basis of political argument in political concepts and ideas and the critical international context of contemporary politics.

The programme considers government and political institutions in a local, national and international context, political theory and ideas and international relations and politics, supported by the development of skills of political analysis and research methods training. It is delivered by nationally and internationally-recognised research active staff who have an excellent record of original publication. 

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years; Part-time: Six years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September 2016

  • Politics at UCLan is ranked 1st in the North West and 2nd in the UK for learning opportunities. We are also 3rd in the North West for overall student satisfaction and assessment & feedback - National Student Survey 2019. 
  • The course provides you with training in political analysis and research methods and skills.
  • You will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions in Europe and North America.
  • All modules are designed and delivered by research-active and expert staff, who publish in leading academic journals, giving you access to original and cutting-edge research.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Politics, Power and the State
  • Global Politics
  • British Politics

Year 2

  • Research Methods in Politics and International Relations
  • Globalisation: History, Theory and Approaches
  • History of Political Ideas
  • Progressive Politics and Political Ideas in Modern Britain

Year 3

  • Politics Dissertation
  • Terrorism and Security
  • Contemporary Anglo-American Political Philosophy
  • Continuity and Change in British Politics

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

International Students

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Further Information

This course further reflects the increasingly critical domain of international politics and international relations in the context of significant debates concerning the ‘globalisation’ of politics and political economy; the centrality of global institutions in political decision-making; and issues such as political and economic development, and international terrorism and security, which increasingly play out on a global stage.

Additionally, you will also undertake modules and training in political analysis and research methods and skills, and will have the opportunity to carry out guided independent research and project management to complete a politics dissertation.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

You will be assessed in a variety of traditional and innovative forms. Largely based around coursework, these may include essay writing, report writing, critical book and literature reviews, case study and policy document analysis and guided independent dissertation research work.

All modules are designed and delivered by research-active and expert staff, who publish in leading academic journals, so you will have access to original and cutting-edge research, which will provide you with a thought-provoking and critical learning environment and experience.

Our main areas of research expertise are in British politics and political history, political theory and ideas and international relations and politics in areas such as terrorism, security and political violence.


Exciting Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions in Europe and North America. Our Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership also offers you the chance to gain valuable work placement experience and to access leadership programmes.

We believe our graduates will develop the knowledge and skills to progress to careers in both governmental and non-governmental public sector organisations, or to further study at major universities in the UK.

You will also be able to find appropriate graduate careers by developing both academic and generic analytical, critical and communication skills alongside personal and professional management skills, which will enhance your employability.

Successful completion of this course will give you the opportunity to progress to postgraduate taught courses or postgraduate research. You will be well equipped for further study in areas such as international relations, international political economy and development, political and public communications/relations etc.


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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.