Politics BA

Politics has been taught at Leicester since the 1940s and we have always been at the cutting edge of British political science – we aim to fire your intellectual curiosity about the politics of the world. As well as examining the workings of the political system in the UK and other states, you will explore some of the most important and interesting issues in politics.

Course details

Who holds power and why? Is globalisation positive? When is war just? Politics is made for people who love to tackle the big topics. In this degree, you’ll study political systems and learn how to write, research and reason with incredible clarity.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

University of Leicester

Course overview

Our lecturers produce internationally renowned, cutting-edge research, and are keen to share their knowledge. You will also learn from guest speakers, including MPs and members of US Congress, and enjoy the option to study politics from different perspectives by spending a year studying abroad.

During your time with us, we will encourage you to focus your studies on your own areas of interest. All our degrees offer a wide range of exciting module choices – and as our lecturers have such diverse interests, you will receive enthusiastic support and guidance for whichever area you choose.


Entry requirements

A/AS Levels: ABB-BBB. All subjects accepted. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level.

EPQ with A-levels: BBB-BBC + EPQ at grade B.

Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 24 credits at Distinction.

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points overall.

BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDM.


Our degrees provide you with the transferable skills to equip you for a wide range of careers, including government, the media, education, administration, and management in industry and commerce.

Graduates from our Politics degrees have gone on to work for a wide range of employers including:

BNP Paribas
Credit Agricole
Applus Aerospace
Spottydog Communications


At the very beginning of your course you’ll take the short, non-credit bearing Academic and Study Skills.

  • Politics, Power and Ethics (double module)
  • Political Concepts (double module)
  • Comparative European Politics
  • Introduction to American Government and Politics

Option modules
Choose two option modules from:

  • The Global Cold War: International Relations 1945-1989
  • Key Concepts in International Relations
  • Order and Disorder: International Relations from 1989 to the Present
  • Power in the World Economy
  • Political Analysis 1: Understanding Political Science Research
  • Political Ideas
  • Political Analysis 2: Preparing for your Dissertation
  • European Union Politics

Option modules
Choose two option module from:

  • International Theory
  • Political Parties in Contemporary Britain
  • Sex and Gender in Global Politics
  • Politics of the Global South
  • International Security Studies
  • The Making of Contemporary US Foreign Policy
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy: Theories of Justice

Choose three option modules from:

  • Feminism
  • The American Presidency
  • The Politics of War and Peace: Northern Ireland After 1972
  • Parliamentary Studies
  • The Politics of Intelligence
  • The Politics of Nuclear Weapons
  • The Politics of Contemporary British Foreign Policy
  • Climate Change: Ethics, Issues, Justice
  • International Migration in the Age of Securitisation

Then choose two option modules from:

  • Emotions in Conflict and Cooperation
  • The Conservatives: Crisis and Recovery
  • American Political Development
  • The Changing Character of War
  • Global Justice and Human Rights
  • The Politics of Slavery
  • Political Legacies of Conflict in Northern Ireland
  • Politics and War in Outer Space
  • Gender, Race and War
  • Politics, Conflict and Statecraft in Africa
  • Plus your Dissertation