BA Politics

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  • Objectives
    The Politics and International Relations department at Leicester is thriving and dynamic, yet friendly. We are noted for our excellence in teaching (23 out of 24 in the external review), our helpful and accessible staff and our wide range of optional modules in the final year. The Department was rated joint second in terms of student satisfaction with their courses in the 2007 National Student Satisfaction Survey. Students of politics ask important and fascinating questions about the contemporary world – Who wields power? How did they come by this power? Should we obey them? Graduates from Leicester have the capacity to think independently and critically, and go on to a wide range of exciting careers.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements * A/AS levels: Three A levels usually required. Two AS levels considered in place of one A level. General Studies accepted. Equivalent Tariff points may be offered (280-300). * GCSE: No specific requirements. * Access to HE courses: Pass, with at least the requisite credits at level 3. * European Baccalaureate: Pass with 65% overall. * International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points minimum. * BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DMM. * Leicestershire Progression Accord: 250-270 points as above plus full Accord credits. * Other Qualifications: Other national and international qualifications welcomed. * Mature students welcomed: Other qualifications considered. * Second Year Entry: Possible for those with advanced qualifications strictly comparable with our degree structure. * Interviews not normally required. All applicants receiving an offer will be invited to visit the Department. * These degrees are not available on a part-time basis.
  • Academic title
    BA Politics
  • Course description
    BA Politics


    First Year

    Students will study two introductory modules analysing the study of political systems, and the study of political theory and ideologies. In addition, students will study two modules in International Relations.

    Second Year

    Students study two modules on aspects of government, such as the political systems of Britain and Russia, as well as two modules investigating the development of Political Ideas. In addition, students will opt for either International Theory or Globalisation in the first semester, and either European Union politics or International Security in the second semester. Students will also do a module in political analysis.

    Third Year

    Students are free to specialise in their chosen optional modules (two per semester), and they also plan, research and write up their independent dissertation project (worth two modules). A full list of option modules available in the department can be accessed via the website.

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