Undergraduate study2017

BA (Hons)

Politics

Department of Politics, History and International Relations

Year of entry: 2017

Political change and political argument are at the centre of our rapidly changing world. Our politics degree focuses on the key issues and ideas which drive these often controversial developments.

  • Additional Award
  • Study Abroad
  • Placement Year

BA (Hons)

Politics

Department of Politics, History and International Relations

Year of entry: 2017

Political change and political argument are at the centre of our rapidly changing world. Our politics degree focuses on the key issues and ideas which drive these often controversial developments.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • 93%  of students satisfied overall for Politics and History (NSS 2015)
  • 94% of graduates in work or further study (2014 graduates)

The course equips you to think critically and analytically about contemporary political issues and institutions. It allows you to understand the mechanics of a variety of political institutions, as well as topical issues, ideas and controversies. It aims to both deepen your knowledge and understanding of politics and, in the process, to equip you to become sharper citizens to meet the some of the major political challenges of the twenty-first century.

The course progresses from a foundation in the key concepts of political practice and theory to an in-depth understanding of more specialised subjects such as immigration, the EU, political violence, climate change, justice and British politics. The course is structured around a number of subject areas arranged into modules, each of which is worth a number of credits. It is intended by your final year that you will have successfully completed 360 credits to graduate. During this course assessment may include; essays, exams, quizzes, video presentations, group work, policy briefs, textual commentaries, source analysis, research papers and oral presentations. Example essay and exam questions include ‘Did Margaret Thatcher smash the postwar consensus?’ and ‘Why has nationalism so often led to killing?’

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time L202
BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwich L203
The international semester and year abroad

Students are given the opportunity to begin new languages or continue your studies in languages including French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

In the second semester of the second year, students who do not read a foreign language have the opportunity to apply to spend a semester abroad at a partner institution in the Czech Republic, Taiwan, Sweden, Finland, Denmark or the Netherlands. Teaching and assessment at these institutions are in English.

Students who study a foreign language to a sufficient level as part of their course can opt to take a four-year degree course and spend the whole of their third year abroad. 

Students whose native tongue is English and who have received their education in the UK can apply for assistantships, securing paid work teaching English to school children. Other students study at a European University.

Course structure

Year 1

In this foundational year you will learn about and discuss democratic government, European history, current affairs, political ideals and international politics.

Year 2

The second year introduces some module choice concentrating on European government and politics, British politics, political thought, political protest and research design. You will also begin preparing for your final year dissertation during this year.

Optional placement / study year

Optional salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year

This year provides you with the greatest flexibility by allowing you to choose a number of politics and minor subject modules from a list of options. Options in politics typically include topics such as environmental politics, political philosophy, art, nationalism, politics and religion, violence and terrorism and regulating capitalism. During this year you will also complete a dissertation. Past dissertations covered topics such as the evolution of Al Qaeda; the proposed third runway at Heathrow Airport; EU Power; the ‘Arab Spring’; drugs regulation; the ‘Occupy’ movement; the Liberal Democrats’ election prospects; and the collapse of Soviet Communism in Lithuania.

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: L202 BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
ABB (General Studies accepted)
SQA AH
AB (including a language if you wish to study two languages), plus Highers at majority A/B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM profile
Additional

UCAS code: L203 BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
ABB (General Studies accepted)
SQA AH
AB (including a language if you wish to study two languages), plus Highers at majority A/B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM profile
Additional

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2017-18

 

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,250
International Students (Band A course) £16,000

 

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Work placements

We encourage and support students who wish to undertake a year-long work placement during their time at Loughborough. Placements can be arranged with the help of the Careers and Employability Centre and are usually taken after the second year.

If a placement is eligible for a Diploma in Professional Studies, the degree will be converted to a four year 'sandwich' programme. In previous years, PHIR students have undertaken placements for the CBI in Brussels, IBM and Google.

Department / School Key Information Sets

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: L202

BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: L203

Our students

Alexander D

“We are always encouraged by our lecturers to approach matters from a critical perspective. They inspire us to immerse ourselves within our subjects and seek alternate answers to what conventional wisdom would dictate.”

Bernice B

“The flexible nature of the course and being able to study other subject areas such as French and Sociology really appealed to me.”

Kailey H

“In my second year I went on a trip to Brussels with the department, visiting the European Parliament, the Commission and talking to some very influential people. It was a brilliant opportunity.”

Gifty O

“I did a placement year in finance. I gained a lot of invaluable experience and it was a fantastic opportunity that showed me how versatile my course is in the real world.”

Alexander D

“We are always encouraged by our lecturers to approach matters from a critical perspective. They inspire us to immerse ourselves within our subjects and seek alternate answers to what conventional wisdom would dictate.”

Bernice B

“The flexible nature of the course and being able to study other subject areas such as French and Sociology really appealed to me.”

Kailey H

“In my second year I went on a trip to Brussels with the department, visiting the European Parliament, the Commission and talking to some very influential people. It was a brilliant opportunity.”

Gifty O

“I did a placement year in finance. I gained a lot of invaluable experience and it was a fantastic opportunity that showed me how versatile my course is in the real world.”