• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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This three-year (Hons) Politics and Social Policy course at Swansea University explores questions about how the world should be run, and what values should shape global politics, as well as issues like human rights and equality.

You will have the chance to take an internship at the National Assembly for Wales, and the opportunity to spend a semester abroad – an exciting and valuable experience, which will further enhance your career prospects.

You can also have a semester abroad, studying in Hong Kong, Singapore, the USA or Canada, further enhancing your student experience and career prospects.

Topics include British and European politics, public policy, political theory and philosophy, electoral issues, democracy and International peace and conflict.


91% of graduates are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (DLHE).

Students on this course typically develop excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats, along with strong research, analytical and problem-solving skills.

The graduates are truly international and are employed all around the world.

They have careers in:

  • education
  • government and politics
  • humanitarian organisations
  • business
  • media and public relations
  • law
  • public services

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • The Politics of Social Policy
  • The History of Social Policy
  • Introduction to political methodology
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Individuals and Society
  • Health Policy
  • Social Security, Poverty and Social Exclusion
  • Housing Policy, Homes and Homelessness
  • The State and Political Institutions
  • The History of Political Thought

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    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

  • Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate - applicants will be able to meet our requirements from three A-levels or two A-levels and the Skills Challenge Certificate.
  • Extended Project Qualification - applicants predicted grade B or above in EPQ will receive an offer with a one-grade reduction.  e.g., an offer of AAB would become ABB plus EPQ B.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Swansea

  • 727 - 1380 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


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