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BSc (Hons) Politics

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full Time

for satisfaction with Politics courses
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Entry Requirements and Fees


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 104 - 120 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBB - BCC 
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass 
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points 
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Student view

Elizabeth Treble
Politics Student
I had never read politics before as a discipline, I really enjoyed my first semester, it was a clear and accurate module which not only did I enjoy but also found the course very informative and interesting.

Course content

You will study both theoretical and empirical aspects of politics, including international relations, political economy, terrorism, political theory and area studies. With this degree, you will become an authority in the study of politics and, with our work placement module, enhance your employability. The degree provides a wide variety of modules to choose from, so you will always find something you are interested in, taught by academics who are experts in their fields. 

This three-year course (full-time) is structured around four thematic strands of study: British Politics, International Politics, Defence and Security, Political Thought and Practice. You will receive a solid grounding in the theoretical approaches and research methods in Politics, and will have the opportunity to complete an individual research project under the personal supervision of experienced researchers. This modular structure offers sufficient flexibility to allow students to take additional vocational modules, such as the work placement, and to spend a semester or two at one of our partner universities abroad.

Study Politics both from a policy-oriented and an academic perspective in order to gain a full understanding of the real world of politics and to prepare yourself for a wide range of challenging career opportunities. This degree allows you to study politics at the national, international, transnational and global levels, as well as to confront and question current political and security challenges such as nationalism, multiculturalism, terrorism, asymmetrical warfare and environmentalism.

The course is supported by an approachable and dedicated staff team with strong teaching skills and international research exposure. In addition to the rich array of Politics modules, students are supported with specialist research training, and are allocated academic advisors who will assist them throughout their 3 years of full-time study. National and International guest speakers provide a fascinating addition that brings the world of politics directly into the campus lecture room. Study visits to political organisations add a further opportunity for learning, and the academic exchange programmes with such partner universities as the University of Leuven in Belgium or the University of Cadiz in Spain allow students to broaden their intellectual horizon and to immerse themselves in a different culture.

The course is enriched by visiting guest speakers working in think tanks, international and non-governmental organisations, and the media. It is also supported by study visits to leading international and European institutions, such as the United Nations in Geneva, and the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Brussels. It is this combination of a solid grounding in Politics with policy-oriented experiences that makes this degree particularly strong.

For more information, read our latest Humanities brochure.

Our facilities

You can take advantage of our range of facilities including:

  • Specific subject librarians are there to offer advice and assistance for your study area, they can provide specialised reading lists and bibliographies if you are having difficulty finding the right materials
  • Additional academic support available such as referencing, essay planning, presentation skills, research and information gathering, plus general dissertation skills
  • Access to over 500,000 e-books, 4,500 e-journals and 100,000 streamed media clips
  • Library and IT services located on campus with Wi-Fi, open access workstations, individual study rooms and group working spaces

Where this can take you

This degree’s specialist focus on Politics, both from a real world and an academic perspective, is particularly useful for careers in the Civil Service, International Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations, Defence and Security, Public Administration, Law and Business, as well as for postgraduate research.


"I was extremely grateful for the opportunity to complete my work placement at the Houses of Parliament for my second year module. I worked in the staffer’s office of Chichester MP Gillian Keegan. This involved drafting campaign responses, working with the staff in replying to constituency letters and learning about the work that goes on behind the scenes in a MP’s office, which is a huge amount. The staff were all very lovely and fun to be around and work with. They gave me a tour on the whole building on the Friday, including areas that are normally off limits to the public, and in general a great insight into the workings of British Parliament. They also arranged for me to sit in the private House of Commons viewing areas for important debates such as a Withdrawal of the European Union debate, where the chamber is full and you’re watching a pivotal moment at the centre of the country’s politics.

It was an amazing experience and really enhanced my knowledge of British Politics, building on everything I have learnt in the past four or five years at school and at the University of Chichester. It’s fair to say I almost certainly wouldn’t have had this opportunity if not for the Humanities department and the Politics course and I’d recommend thoroughly to take advantage of it."

- Tim Baxter


Postgraduate Pathways

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include: 

  • MA Cultural History
  • PGCE Primary
  • PGCE Secondary History
  • Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Indicative modules

Year One

  • War and Peace: Twentieth-Century Europe and Global Conflict
  • Africa and the African Diaspora in the Making of the Modern World
  • Research in Politics and International Relations
  • Introduction to Political Ideas
  • Introduction to British Politics
  • Introduction to International Relations Theory and Practice
  • The United States: An Introduction, 1763-the present
  • Thatcherism and After
  • Russia and China: An Introduction to 'Post Communism'

Year Two

  • Popes and Politics
  • Colonialism and Anti-Colonialism in Africa
  • Identity and Conflict in Russia and Eurasia
  • Contemporary Issues in International Relations I: Global Security Challenges
  • Ideologies, Politics, Culture
  • International Organisations
  • Study Visits 
  • Britain and Europe: Brexit - Before, During and After
  • Work Placement: Work Experience and Professional Development
  • Exchange/Study Abroad option (semester or a year-long)

Year Three

  • Dissertation
  • A Global History of the Cold War and its Ongoing Legacy
  • Civil Society, NGOs and International Development
  • The Politics of East Asia
  • British Culture Wars
  • International Law
  • Contemporary Issues in International Relations II: Climate Change and Activism
  • Environment, Writing and Ecocriticism
  • Globalization and Its Malcontents
  • France and the Modern World

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

At our University, you will find a friendly atmosphere and an encouraging team of staff which will work hard to support you throughout your learning. During your time with us, you will be challenged to develop your intellectual and practical skills and guided by a team of experienced and well-qualified teaching staff.

All of our tutors have recognised national and international research expertise and a passion for their respective subject areas, which means you will be studying at the cutting edge of the most recent developments in knowledge. Students can also gain credits from attending seminars and lectures from guest speakers including nationally-recognized journalists, policy makers, politicians and international academics.

Additional Costs

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Work Placements

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market. As such, we offer an extensive range of study abroad opportunities. You will have the chance to take one semester of your Politics programme outside of the UK. Our long-term associations with university partners in Europe, the USA, and Canada mean that we’re well placed to offer you a further international dimension to your undergraduate experience.

Study Abroad

The Department of Humanities provides students with an outstanding range of degrees where you are encouraged to study abroad for one or two semesters.

We have partnered up with some of the best universities in the world including our friends in Italy, the oldest University, University of Bologna-Ravenna. The full list of partners today are:

  • University of Aix-Marseille (France)
  • Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)
  • University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
  • University of Wuerzburg (Germany)
  • University of Bologna (Italy)
  • Cadiz University (Spain)
  • University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu and Kuopio (Finland)
  • Karadeniz University (Turkey)
  • St Norberts College (Wisconsin, USA)
  • Mercer University (Georgia, USA)
  • Columbus State University (Georgia, USA)
  • University of Northern Iowa (Iowa, USA)
  • Queens College (New York, USA)
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (New York, USA)
  • Louisiana State University (Louisiana, USA)
  • Thompson Rivers University (Canada)
  • Rikkyo University (Japan)

While our students work and study with our partners we welcome their students to our classes as well as supporting academic exchanges for global researchers to connect to our home students.

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