We live in a time of great social upheaval and dramatic political change. This Politics degree at University of Leeds will allow you to explore political ideas, structures and approaches that will help you to understand these complex circumstances.
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Overview

Core modules in this programme will give you a grounding in political theory, international relations, development studies and systems of government used around the world.

As an undergraduate student of politics, you will pursue topics that suit your own interests and concerns: we offer a wide range of optional modules exploring topics, from political psychology to security studies, supported by the unique breadth of research specialisms within the School of Politics and International Studies.

Specialist pathways - parliamentary studies and quantitative research

At the end of Year 1, you'll have the opportunity to apply for

  • the Parliamentary Studies Pathway which includes a year spent on a related placement.

  • the Quantitative Research Methods pathway which will enhance your quantitative skills.

Career opportunities

This Politics degree at University of Leeds  will allow you to gain in-depth knowledge of an important area of public life, as well as key transferable skills in communication, research, analysis, critical thinking, presentations and group working. It’s a strong basis for a variety of careers in organisations as diverse as interest groups, research bodies, think tanks, the media, the civil service, local government and political consultancy as well as professions like law, finance and teaching.

Graduates from BA Politics and BA Politics and Parliamentary Studies have pursued a wide range of careers as parliamentary advisors or researchers, civil servants, diplomats, advocacy workers, parliamentary assistants, lobbyists, special advisors to senior ministers, political researchers and local government officers – and some have even gone into elected office as MPs.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Studying and Researching in POLIS
  • British Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Making of the Modern World
  • International Politics
  • Freedom, Power and Resistance: An Introduction to Political Ideas
  • Global Development Challenges

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • A-level: AAB

  • We don't ask for specific A-level subjects however, in general you should be in the process of studying Social Science, Arts and Humanities subjects for A-level. 
  • When an applicant is taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) this can be considered alongside A-levels and may attact an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A-levels, this would be ABB at A-level including grade A in the EPQ.

Studyportals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Bachelor's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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