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Politics - BSc Hons

A dynamic subject essential to understanding people, power and policies in a changing world.

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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Barclays Bank
  • Sinn Fein
  • Ulster Unionist Party
  • Inform Communication
  • Axiom Law

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Assistant Librarian
  • Graduate Analyst
  • Junior Communications Officer/Trainee
  • Account Executrive
  • Compliance Manager
  • Intern Service Control
  • Researcher for Political Party

Overview

Important notice – campus change Students will complete the next two years on the Jordanstown campus (academic year 2019/20 and 2020/21). Thereafter, from 2021, they may transition campuses. Precise timings will be communicated as we progress through the final stages of the build of the enhanced Belfast campus. Find out more

A dynamic subject essential to understanding people, power and policies in a changing world.

Summary

Our curriculum is based upon the research and scholarship of the staff team. We aim to encourage students to become research literate and have a strong understanding and appreciation of the research carried out within their discipline. Students are introduced to the central questions and discover how academics, including their own lecturers and professors, are trying to address them. Our research is used in the classroom to help develop the overall research literacy of the students. We aim to give our students the opportunity to gain the skills and ability to carry out independent research, to assess the merits of competing theories and explanations, to work as part of a team, and to effectively engage in policy debate with sensitivity to the views of others – all skills that are highly attractive to employers. This Politics degree provides a detailed knowledge and understanding of contemporary political analysis, an excellent training in social research methods, the ability to apply theoretical perspectives and concepts to real-life problems, and an appreciation of the complexity and diversity of political problems in society. The degree equips graduates for employment in a range of careers in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.

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About

Our Politics course covers all the core areas of the discipline and offers a range of options focusing on theories and ideologies and the study of the politics of individual nation states. It also includes the study of politics and political issues at the international level, as well as the study of themes such as the growing importance of 'identities' to political action. We have reviewed and revised the Course, introducing new modules including the Politics of Deeply Divided Societies, and Work Based Learning and Politics. Students will have an opportunity to cover the key areas of the discipline, including: • the nature of power; • the meaning and relevance of political ideologies; • the interrelationships between domestic and international politics; the functions and development of political institutions • the challenges posed by new social movements and global developments; • the meaning and application of political theories; • conflict transformation and the impact of political violence.

The course has been commended in internal and external review for its well-structured and relevant curriculum, which is underpinned by the original research and scholarship undertaken by staff teaching on the course.

Our research has a well-established record of impressive achievements through:- first, the authorship of books and articles of acknowledged international excellence, second, demonstrable practical impacts on the policy-making process, and, third, winning against strong competition the support of prestigious sources of external funding including the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy. Our research influences our teaching through the content of the curriculum, and through developing research awareness and literacy among our students.

This is crucial since it helps students understand that research and scholarship is the basis of their university experience – other people’s research and their own research collectively make up the scholarship which defines a university. Additionally, our students gain the skills and ability to carry out independent research, to assess the merits of competing theories and explanations, to work as part of a team, and to effectively engage in policy debate with sensitivity to the views of others – all skills that are highly attractive to employers.

Members of the team are actively engaged in research and scholarship, and in addition have collaborated with colleagues in the UK Political Studies Association and the Political Studies Association of Ireland to develop appropriate and innovative methodologies for developing students' independent learning capacities.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

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Attendance

Full-time.

Start dates

  • September 2019
How to apply

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Instruction will take place in the form of 2 hour lectures and 1 hour seminars, or a combined 3 hour lecture/seminar, given on a weekly basis. Full attendance is essential. A module outline is provided at the start of the semester indicating the topics and readings for each session. More detailed lesson plans are made available via Blackboard well in advance of each teaching day. Students must consult Blackboard on a regular basis to ensure that they have the most recent information on readings and tasks that they need to complete before the upcoming session. All Politics modules require a significant commitment from students who are expected to be familiar with required readings when coming to class. Lectures will address complex substantive, conceptual and technical details required to fulfil the module aims. Students are expected to actively engage in dialogue with lecturers about the issues under discussion by asking and answering questions throughout lecture presentations. Seminars will build on instruction and facilitate dialogue and critical examination. Student group work in seminars and participation in debates and role playing /practical exercises will be features of seminars. Students will be directed to read steadily and extensively throughout the period between teaching sessions in order to keep up with the course requirements and fully benefit from participation in the teaching sessions. Students will be expected to participate in, and contribute effectively to, group tasks during the semester. Independent learning forms a core feature of the Politics programme. It is reflected in the requirement that students undertake a significant amount of external research to fulfil their assignments. Academic staff will be available to support and encourage that endeavour throughout. The structure assumes that academic staff will encourage students in ascertaining students' preferred area of research; give general and specific guidance in the location of relevant research materials; support the development of ideas and research plans; and guide students to governmental and non-governmental sources of materials and information that are relevant to their assignment. Students will be encouraged to develop retrieval skills in relation to academic and governmental sources. All Politics modules are offered by blended learning. The aim of all assessments is to give students the opportunity to review, consolidate and reflect on their learning and to demonstrate the extent to which they have acquired knowledge, understanding and skills. Hence, several modes of assessment are employed in Politics modules. Formative assessment involves course-based assessment work and ordinarily, though not always, accounts for 50% of the total marks available. It will give staff and students an early indication of their performance while providing a foundation for the summative assessment in a sessional examination that accounts for the remaining 50%.

Content

The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

- the relevant generic national Qualification Descriptor

- the applicable Subject Benchmark Statement

- the requirements of any professional, regulatory, statutory and accrediting bodies.

Attendance and Independent Study

As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.

The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.

Calculation of the Final Award

The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Introduction to Politics and Policy

Year: 1

This module begins by assessing the meaning of politics, the relationship between politics and the State. Then, it describes the organisation of the State and its division of powers. Finally, an analysis is undertaken of the role of public administration in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of public policy.

Democracy in the United Kingdom

Year: 1

The module is designed to provoke thought and stimulate questions about the nature of politics and government within the UK. Thus, it considers the key aspects of British politics including political culture, the function and structure of political parties and pressure groups, sub national forms of government and the role of the mass media. In doing so, it examines the dispersal of power within the United Kingdom discusses the changing responsibilities of government, and the nature of political power in a modern state.

Foundations of Political Thought

Year: 1

This module introduces students to the study of political thought in its ideological forms. Political ideologies have been implicated in all major political developments over the last two centuries and demand special attention. This module clarifies the principles of these major systems and identifies their implications for political practice.

Introduction to the Study and Practice of Politics

Year: 1

This module introduces the student to the study of politics through the exploration of core concepts, structures and practices within the discipline of politics. It looks at the links between national and international politics and encourages students to think critically about social, political and economic trends. It provides the foundation for the critical analytical skills required in the study of politics, as well as the introducing the core academic skills required for their academic studies.

International Politics

Year: 1

International Politics introduces the student to the study of international politics and to the main theories and debates relevant to understanding politics in an international context, including an introduction to theories of globalisation.

The module provides all politics students with an introduction to the building blocks of international relations as well as an introduction to theoretical concepts, institutional design and comparative elements of global affairs. This provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate team work and individual study as well as encouraging students to develop their capacity to read, write and think in an academic environment, preparing them for modules at degree level in future years.

Introduction to sociology

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module provides a general introduction to the main themes and perspectives within sociology. It explores the relationship between social theory, methods and research in sociology, and shows how sociological concepts can be used in the analysis of social processes and social institutions in contemporary society.

Introduction to Social Policy

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module introduces students to key Social Policy concepts. They are also introduced to a number of contemporary issues in Social Policy and key debates on topics including poverty, housing education and the financing of welfare.

Year two

The Politics of Ireland since Partition

Year: 2

The module provides a survey of the political history of the two states which were born out of the partition settlement in 1921. It examines the constitutional frameworks, political institutions along with Anglo-Irish and North-South relations up to the troubles and the peace process.

Political thought: Text and Context

Year: 2

This module considers the philosophical contributions of the major philosophers that have influenced political thought since the early enlightement period and relates those contributions to the historical contexts in which they were written.

Work Based Learning and Politics

Year: 2

This module is designed to provide a placement opportunity for students and gives students the opportunity to apply political scholarship to practical situations and link academic studies to the world outside the university. Students will be enabled to apply political science theories and concepts to their practical work and volunteering experience. The placement not only encourages students to reflect on the applicability of their scholarship but also allows them the opportunity to draw on and enhance research skills. By practicing specific skills for employment - including the writing of CVs, giving presentations and critically reflecting on experience, the module also aims to prepare students for the world of work beyond university.

Politics in Europe

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module seeks to explore political developments in Europe since 1945 and their significance for political thinking. It aims to develop a critical understanding of the development of the state and society and the social contract as it has changed over the last decades in a critical geographical region. It will introduce students to important issues in European affairs, to aspects of international relations including European integration and to comparative analysis.

European Politics have recently come to impact very directly on the lives of students in Ulster. Creating an environment where students can engage in an informed, intelligent and critical manner on the basis of evidence and rigorous debate is a critical contribution to student knowledge, the development of key skills and an important element in Politics education. By adopting a historical, institutional and comparative approach students are encouraged to examine many aspects of European Politics and to enquire openly about political development. By engaging through a variety of methods, including lecture, research, project writing and independent study, students are encouraged to develop a variety of core skills which contribute directly to their degree in year 3.

British Politics and Policy

Year: 2

This module is optional

Studying how policy is created and implemented in the United Kingdom, by the British Government and other notable political actors and groups, can help can unlock some of the key issues in the study of politics. These include how resources are distributed, and how power is created, maintained and distributed in the UK. This module builds on the earlier module Introduction to Government by focusing on the the British State, and the formulation and implementation of policy, in particular the increasing importance of British foreign policy. The module is offered by blended learning.

Power

Year: 2

This module is optional

This course examines how political actors - both ordinary people and 'elites' - acquire, maintain and subvert power in the political world. The course, then, is designed to deliver an introduction to the literature on the 'faces' of power, but it is also designed to teach students how to transform an idea (about how power is wielded) into a doable research project. Over the course of term, students will also learn how to write a research proposal and conduct an independent research project.

Populism

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module begins by assessing the meaning of populism, the relationship between people and the state. Then, it analyses concepts and theories of populism. Finally, an analysis is undertaken of the politics of populism in 21st century global society.

State Crime

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module seeks to explore the definition and nature of state crime in criminological and political discourse. It aims to develop a critical understanding of the nature of the state and the scale and type of crimes committed by state agents and agencies. A range of state crimes will be explored in both the domestic and international spheres. The module will explore forms of state crime as techniques of 'coercive governance' and will use examples from both democratic and authoritarian regimes.

Policy for Children and Families

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module covers major debates, perspectives and challenges associated with children and families. It will consider policy and services for children's well-being and recent reviews of children's services including child protection services and key areas of provision. Students will examine perspectives on policy, child poverty, mixed economy of care, partnership and inter-agency work and children's participation and rights.

Year three

Politics Study Abroad

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module will be a compulsory module for those Politics students who have been accepted by a partner institution to undertake an intercalary study abroad year. Students will benefit from the opportunity to experience a broader Politics curriculum and to gain direct experience of politics in practice in a new and unfamiliar political culture and system. Students will also develop important employability skills including international experience and enhanced confidence, independence and resilience.

Diploma in Professional Practice

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to gain structured and professional work experience, in a work-based learning environment, as part of their planned programme of study. This experience allows students to develop, refine and reflect on their key personal and professional skills. The placement should significantly support the development of the student's employability skills, preparation for final year and enhance their employability journey.

Year four

Research Methods

Year: 4

Research Methods is specifically geared towards developing the skills and methodologies needed to complete undergraduate political science dissertations. Theoretical lectures are complemented with practical seminar activities and assessments are designed to promote progress towards the design and execution of the students' individual dissertations.

Dissertation: Politics

Year: 4

This module requires students to work independently, with appropriate guidance and supervision, on their chosen topic. Students are required to submit a substantial written (word processed) dissertation, that focuses on their chosen topic and sets out evidence and arguments in a structured and coherent fashion.

Memory and the Nation in Post-War Europe

Year: 4

This module is optional

Nationalist, ethnic, and minority issues remain a driving force behind political dynamics, societal and institutional changes across the globe. 'Memory and the Nation' is an optional module that explores the underlying concepts and theories behind, and the main theoretical approaches to, the study of nationalism in post-war Europe.

African Politics

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module is about democracy in sub-Saharan Africa from the colonial occupation (1880s-1950s) to the organization and ideology of nationalist movements who secured independence (largely in the 1960s), the economic crisis and closure of political space (1970s), the hollowing out of states in Africa's 'lost decade' (1980s), the (re)opening of this political space in the transition to democracy (1990s), and finally the divergent trajectories - decay or consolidation - taken by different countries (2000s). It is examine by coursework only.

Politics of Deeply Divided Societies

Year: 4

This module is optional

The politics of deeply divided societies, riven by ethnic conflict and political violence, are frequently seen as the most complex and difficult to resolve of modern political problems. Though complicated and unique, divided societies share commonalities. Most particularly, in terms of the importance of identity, sovereignty and territory, questions relating to communal access to power, and the legacy of past violence. This module applies a broad comparative lens to the study of deeply divided societies, and examines several societies divided by conflict: Sri Lanka, the former Yugoslavia, Cyprus, Lebanon and Israel -Palestine.

The Politics of Identity

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module focuses on the philosophical and empirical study of political groups that organise around a particular identity. It examines some of the major theoretical frameworks in contemporary political theory and applies these to concrete examples of identity group politics.

Parliamentary Studies

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module aims to provide students with a detailed knowledge of how the Northern Ireland Assembly and Westminster work (in both theory and practice) and with the capacity to situate this knowledge against an understanding of comparisons between the devolved administration and the Westminster Parliament in terms of the process and design of their institutions, as well as against a set of broader themes and issues. Students will be expected to apply theoretical insights to empirical case studies and to develop a sense of the culture and values of the Northern Ireland Assembly as well as the Palace of Westminster.

Terrorism and Political Violence

Year: 4

This module is optional

Since the late 1960s, acts of terrorism have become more numerous and wide-ranging. The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in September 2001 and the following incidents elsewhere, notably in Madrid and London, have given impetus to the study of terrorism and political violence, not in only in academic circles but also amongst policy-makers. Furthermore, there is a more heightened awareness in the general public about the `war against terrorism'. The module involves consideration of the debate over the definition of terrorism and political violence; psychological, sociological and other social science theories of terrorism and political violence; the symbiotic relationship between terrorists, terrorism and the mass media; the character of state terrorism; trans-national and international terrorism including past trends and future prospects and single-issue terrorism. The module also examines and assesses counter-terrorism (police, intelligence and legal) measures/responses by the state, both for their effectiveness and for their implications for civil liberty in liberal-democracies.

Contemporary Ireland

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to study aspects of contemporary Ireland in depth. Its focus is on society, politics, economics and culture in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. In as far as possible, topics will be approached in a comparative way. Although independent in its own right, the module has close links with other modules in the BSc (Hons) Sociology degree, in particular Sociology of Advanced Industrial Society and Sociology of Development.

Migration, 'Race' and Ethnicity

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module introduces students to a range of debates related to migration, racism and ethnicity with a focus on the United Kingdom and Ireland. Historical developments are reviewed but the focus is in current policy debates and perspectives. This includes international and national governance of migration flows and citizenship processes. Key policy areas covered include: immigration, refugee and asylum processes, equality and human rights.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BCC*- BBC*.

* Applicants can satisfy the requirement for an A-Level Grade C by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University.

Applied General Qualifications

Overall BTEC award profile DMM (to include a minimum of 7 distinctions if the asking grades are set at BCC equivalent, or a minimum of 8 distinctions if they are set at BBC equivalent).

OR

BTEC Level 3 RQF National Extended Diploma with profile DMM.

You may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of different qualifications to the same standard. Examples of combinations include:

A levels with BTEC Level 3 QCF Subsidiary Diploma or BTEC RQF National Extended Certificate

A level with BTEC Level 3 QCF Diploma or BTEC Level 3 RQF National Diploma.

For further information on the entry requirements for this course please contact the administrator as listed in Contact details.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile H3H3H3H4H4 - H3H3H3H3H4.

English Grade H6 (Higher Level) or above, or Grade O4 (Ordinary Level) or above, if not sitting at Higher Level, is required.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of 24 points (12 at higher level) - 25 points (12 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile 60% - 63%.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include CGSE English Language grade C or above (or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

We offer applicants who have achieved credits on courses with a Politics or International Relations content at Higher Education institutions the opportunity to apply for entry and to be exempted for modules already completed successfully.

Students may enter the course with advanced standing at level 5 and level 6; however, we may require students to complete core modules before entry.

Students may also apply for transfer to other courses within the Faculty of Social Sciences; this may require them to undertake additional study.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Barclays Bank
  • Sinn Fein
  • Ulster Unionist Party
  • Inform Communication
  • Axiom Law

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Assistant Librarian
  • Graduate Analyst
  • Junior Communications Officer/Trainee
  • Account Executrive
  • Compliance Manager
  • Intern Service Control
  • Researcher for Political Party

Career options

A background in the academic study of politics is invaluable for those who aim to pursue a career in local or national government. There is a growing demand for staff in leadership positions in the voluntary or non-governmental sector, and in political lobbying firms, think-tanks, and private sector consultancy firms. As the study of politics allows students to develop an understanding of organisations and decision making, they will have the skills and expertise which are sought after in many managerial and administrative positions. Students who have completed our course will have acquired the skills of respectful listening to those with diverse opinions, and of expressing opinions in a clear and respectful fashion. These skills are an excellent preparation for teamwork in a broad range of work contexts.

Recent graduates have taken up careers in journalism, community development, research, teaching, the civil service and in a number of private sector companies. Others have taken the opportunity to study at postgraduate level.

Ulster University has an excellent Careers Department: seminars and workshops focused on careers are timetabled within the course at all three levels.

Work placement / study abroad

The module POL328, Work Based Learning and Politics, is designed to provide a short placement opportunity for students and gives students the opportunity to apply political scholarship to practical situations and link academic studies to the world outside the university. Students will be enabled to apply political science theories and concepts to their practical work and volunteering experience. The placement not only encourages students to reflect on the applicability of their scholarship but also allows them the opportunity to draw on and enhance research skills. By practicing specific skills for employment – including the writing of CVs, giving presentations and critically reflecting on experience, the module also aims to prepare students for the world of work beyond university.

POL327 will be a compulsory module for those Politics students who have been accepted by a partner institution to undertake an intercalary study abroad year. There are many academic and non-academic benefits for students who take the opportunity to study abroad. Students will benefit from the opportunity to experience a broader Politics curriculum and to gain direct experience of politics in practice in a new and unfamiliar political culture and system. Students will also develop important employability skills through learning to cope with the challenges of an unfamiliar way of life and institutions. Students who have successfully completed an extended period of study abroad will have invaluable international experience.

Apply

How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

Start dates

  • September 2019

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 19/20 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,275.00

England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:

£9,250.00  Discounts available

International:
£14,060.00  Scholarships available

Scholarships, awards and prizes

An annual prize may be given for the best final year Politics dissertation.

Politics students can be considered for the School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences Global Studies Award for the best dissertation with an international focus. Additionally, Politics students are encouraged to submit their final year work to The Undergraduate Awards, an international awards programme which recognises creativity, excellence and innovative thinking within student coursework. We have had a number of entries which have been highly commended.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

Disclaimer

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  5. The University cannot accept any liability for disruption to its provision of educational or other services caused by circumstances beyond its control, but the University will take all reasonable steps to minimise the resultant disruption to such services.

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“I greatly enjoyed both the topics studied throughout the course and the way in which they were taught. All of my lecturers have been excellent in that regard.”

“Staff are welcoming and very willing to assist with any academic queries or requests for help in work.”

“A really interesting topic exploring a lot of previously unknown ideas. Topics that were quite complex were presented and taught at just the right pace needed to grasp them.”