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BA (Hons) Politics

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  • UCAS Code:
    P486
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Do you ever wonder how power is allocated and who takes part in collective decision-making? Throughout this course, you'll consider the meaning and experiences of justice, conflict, (in)equality and citizenship in the context of pressing global issues. Whether it's the UK's negotiation to leave the EU, the conflict in Syria, North Korean nuclear testing, the global response to climate change, or NHS funding, politics exists in a hyper-mediated environment, raising challenges and opportunities for citizens, commentators, politicians and political organisations. You'll examine and evaluate different insights to understand the modern world in depth. 

  • Expand your knowledge and attend conferences and speaker seminars, as well as fieldtrips to places such as Westminster and Brussels
  • You'll have the opportunity to tailor your course according to your passions, interests and ultimately your career aspirations
  • Study alongside students from around the world at the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global change. Attend expert-led lectures, cultural tours and workshops
  • Network with industry professionals and add valuable experience to your CV in a 4-week or 30-week placement. Work with organisations such as the Office of Education and Quality, Herts Mind Network and Citizens Advice
  • Engage in current research which can lead to publication.

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All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated throughout this page.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2020, September 2021

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years (with a 4-week placement) or 4 years (including a 30-week placement), full-time

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2020 entry: 104-120 UCAS tariff points from 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 580kb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

You could even choose to undertake your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

We are an inclusive, friendly university and we value the different skills and abilities that a wide range of people can bring to our courses. That’s why we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds with varied and different experiences.

We consider lots of different qualifications to make sure that those who have the talent and the ability to study and learn with us are given the chance to do so.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

The world of politics is constantly evolving and in today’s hyper-mediated environment, there is an even greater need for people who understand the role the media plays within politics. 

Careers advice, resources, events and job opportunities

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. 

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes

What our students say

Joe Bulman

Discussion is key to the course. You'll always be encouraged to express your opinions, even if the majority in the group disagree with them.

Hear from our staff

Dr Anastasia Veneti

Learn to conduct research, form opinions and critically assess political matters, marshal arguments in a clear logical fashion and communicate their thoughts.

What our students say

Elina Kuusio

It's a very interesting course that will give you a new perspective on the media, international relations and political communication.