Politics BSc

Who has political power? Why do they have it? To whom are they accountable? Is violent protest ever justified? If these questions evoke a response in you and raise more questions in turn, politics is the degree for you.

Politics is an exciting and dynamic subject, simulating debate and offering insight into how the ever-changing world around us works. It’s also a degree that can demonstrate your intellectual acumen and understanding of world affairs, which will be an asset in many fields of work.

Course details

Brunel politics graduates enter diverse careers. Many of our former students go into politics and the civil service and some are currently at GCHQ and military intelligence.
  • Mode of study: 4-5 days a week
  • Intake: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: £9250   per year
  • Location: London campus

Brunel University London

Course overview

The broad-based nature of the course at Brunel means you will be studying a wide breadth of modules from British politics to US foreign policy and political change. But you’ll not only be learning about politics – you’ll be analysing politics using the tools of political science to help deepen your understanding and critical thinking.

Opt for a placement year and you’ll gain work experience that is highly valued by employers. Brunel students have secured placements in the Environmental Audit Committee, the House of Commons, Directorate of Gender Affairs, HM Treasury and the Competition Commission, to name only a few.


Entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBB.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM with an A-level at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D with A-levels grade BC.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points. GCSE English equivalent Standard Level 5 or Higher Level 4 and Mathematics Standard Level 4 or Higher Level 4
  • Obtain a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma course with 45 credits at Level 3
  • T levels : Merit overall


Our students pursue a wide variety of jobs after graduating. Some go into Politics and the civil service and have worked for Members of the Parliament such as John McDonnell MP, or former Labour party general secretary Baroness McDonagh. Other graduates have joined Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office, GCHQ and military intelligence.

Others work in the public and private sectors, law and NGOs whilst some graduates become researchers, teachers and librarians.


The course content is made up of a variety of subject area strands that can be studied across all three years of the programme. At every level, there are modules relating to each strand. After taking the compulsory modules in the first year, you can choose to study across a range of strands, or specialise in particular strands.


  • PP1603 – Delivering Public Policy
  • PP1602 – Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PP1070 – Introduction to American Politics
  • PP1601 – Modern Political Thought
  • PP1068 – Modern British Politics
  • PP1600 – Research Design and Qualitative methods in Politics


  • PP2623 Comparative Electoral Systems
  • PP2611 – Explaining Politics: Quantitative Political Science in Practice


  • PP2614 – Ancient Greek Political Thought
  • PP2061 – Issues in American Politics
  • PP2613 – National Security Intelligence
  • PP2618 Political Behaviour in Britain
  • PP2617 Social Welfare: Politics and Policy
  • PX2607 – The State and Revolution
  • PP2622 – Climate Politics


  • PP3070 – Dissertation


  • PP3001 – Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • PP3609 Advanced Applied Quantitative Methods
  • PX3609 – Crisis and Critique
  • PP3003 – European Union Politics
  • PP3612 Elections, Parties and Voters in the UK
  • PP3607 History of Political Philosophy
  • PP3068 Media, Politics and Power in America
  • PP3604 – Public Policy Analysis
  • PP3605 Parliamentary Studies
  • PP3614 Researching Contemporary Issues in British Politics
  • PP3618 Terrorism and Counterterrorism