Politics BA (Hons) - BA (Hons)

In doing so, we‘ll go beyond the ‘high politics’ of traditional theories and the workings of parliaments. Instead, you’ll be able to develop your own specialisms in areas such as global diplomacy, international relations, and international issues like climate change; protest movements like Black Lives Matter; the devolution of power away from central government; the politics of the new media; the politics of gender, and the place of race in modern society.

Course details

On this Politics course you’ll study the practical and theoretical aspects of modern politics and international relations, and thereby gain insights into our past, present and future on both a local and global scale.

  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

Our specialist modules such as Race, Racism and Cultural Identity, Wrestling with Trump: the WWE and Modern Political Culture, and Politics and Social Media will allow you to engage with contemporary issues, developing a deeper understanding of modern politics.



Entry requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.


Our BA (Hons) Politics graduates go on to work in a variety of fields, including local government, charities, NGOs, and European and international organisations and agencies. You might also explore career paths in public service, the criminal justice system, future energy policy and planning, security, negotiation and peacekeeping, or communication and media. As part of your degree you have the option to learn a language, through our Anglia Language Programme. This can boost your employability in international areas such as UN conflict resolution and diplomacy.


We’ll assess you using a combination of essays, exams, case studies, optional work experience and presentations.

  • From Climate Change to the Media: Structures, Ideas and Research Methods in Political Science
  • Global Sociology
  • Contemporary Inequalities
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Contemporary African and Asian Politics
  • Brussels and Brexit: Contemporary European Politics
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)
  • Mobilities and Migration
  • Making A Difference

Optional modules

  • Globalisation and Security
  • The United States in the 20th Century
  • Sociology of Health Inequalities
  • Europe in the Age of the First World War
  • Welfare State to European State: Britain 1906-1975
  • Intoxicants and Intoxication
  • Undergraduate Major Project
  • Politics and Social Media
  • Politics in Action

Optional modules

  • Feminist Debates and Activism
  • Sport, Globalisation and International politics
  • Race, Racism and Cultural Identity
  • The Cold War: the World Divided
  • The Era of Thatcher and Blair
  • Wrestling with Trump: – the WWE and Modern Political Culture
  • Capitalism in Crisis: The Depression and War in Europe