Politics and International Studies

BSc (Hons)

2022/23 Part-time Undergraduate course


Bachelor of Science with Honours


Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences


Belfast campus

Start date:

September 2022

With this degree you could become:

  • Political Party Campaign Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Civil Service Fast Streamer
  • Journalist
  • Public Affairs Consultant
  • Research Officer
  • Assembly Researcher

Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • NI Assembly
  • NI Political Parties
  • Inform Communication
  • Axiom Law
  • Civil Service
  • PSNI
  • Local or National Media Company


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


Among other aims, our Politics and International Studies 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.

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 central questions driving political change across the world today and discover how academics, including their own lecturers, are trying to address them.

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About this course


Our Politics and International Studies course covers all the core areas of the discipline and offers a range of options focusing on theories and ideologies, international relations and the study of the politics of individual nation states.

Students will have an opportunity to cover the key areas of the discipline, including:

  • The nature of power;
  • Polarisation, mobilisation and radicalisation;
  • Work-based learning and the politics of employability;
  • 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;
  • Policy design and implementation;
  • The politics of memory and dealing with the past;
  • British, Irish, African, Latin American and European politics;
  • The continued relevance of political thinkers and theorists;
  • Conflict transformation and peace building.

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.

Research Informed Teaching:

  • Our curriculum is based upon the research and scholarship of the staff team.
  • Students conduct research for their degree in computer labs and via a range of team and semi-independent methodologies within and outside of the university.
  • Our students accrue skills that are highly attractive to employers including: the ability to carry out detailed 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.

Employability and Politics:

  • The 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.


The course operates in 'slow-track' mode, with part-time students taking modules which are available to full-time students. Each module usually involves a two hour lecture plus a one hour seminar each week. In addition, students are required to undertake substantial directed independent learning.

Start dates

  • September 2022

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 our 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 and International Studies 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 our 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 our 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 that accounts for the remaining 50%. Assessments range from essays, case studies, policy briefs, presentations, electoral and conflict analysis or examinations.

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:

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 near the start date and may be subject to 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 of attendance will often 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 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 Masters 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 methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be via one method or a combination e.g. examination and coursework . 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 four learning outcomes, and no more than two 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 Masters 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 Masters degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

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 (20%) or Lecturers (55%).

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) by Advanced HE - 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 2021-2022.

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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.

Year one

Introduction to Government and Public Policy

Year: 1

This module begins by assessing the meaning of politics, the relationship between politics and the State, and the role of government. 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.

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 Relations

Year: 1

International Relations introduces the student to the study of international relations and to the main theories and debates relevant to understanding politics in an international context.

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.

Year two

Democracy in the United Kingdom

Year: 2

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.

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.

Introduction to Sociology

Year: 2

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.

Social Justice and the Welfare State in a Precarious World

Year: 2

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 demographic change, globalisation, technological advancements, climate change and the financing of welfare.

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

The Politics of Ireland since Partition

Year: 3

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: 3

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: 3

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. 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.

British Politics: 'Race', Class, and Policy

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module looks at some of the most pertinent issues driving British politics in the 21st century - 'race', class, identity, media control, imperial legacies. It covers the "long durée" of the Empire and its aftermath into the contemporary era. Students are asked to engage with the ways in which British politics have been and continue to be shaped by such legacies as 'race' and class politics.

Year four

Politics in Europe

Year: 4

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.

The Comparative Politics of Democracy and Dictatorship

Year: 4

This module is optional

This course is about how, and why, a regime becomes either a democracy or a dictatorship. Can democracy survive in an agrarian society or a 'divided' society? Was Barrington-Moore correct when he made the observation 'no bourgeois, no democracy'? Is oil inevitably a curse (for democrats) and a blessing (for dictators)? How can a democratic government manage its 'praetorian problem': the risk of military coup? This course examines theories of regimes origin and survival in a range of case studies from across world regions.


Year: 4

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.

Memory and the Nation

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 transitional (post conflict or post authoritiarian societies) in the twentieth century.

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.

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.

Year five

Research Methods

Year: 5

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: 5

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.

African Politics

Year: 5

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.

Transforming Violence

Year: 5

This module is optional

This module focuses on how conflicts develop and escalate into violence, with a emphasis on deeply divided societies, post-colonial contexts and/or where there is political violence. The module will explore dynamics of conflict at the individual, inter and intra-group level. The module will critically reflect on types of conflict interventions applying these to real world examples such as combating violent extremism,and preventing reoccurrence through truth commissions.

Politics of Deeply Divided Societies

Year: 5

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.

Terrorism and Political Violence

Year: 5

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.

Standard 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.

A level

Applicants should satisfy the University General Requirements e.g.

Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE English Language grades A-C/ 4-9 or equivalent); and Provide evidence of passes in five subjects, two of which must be at A level (grades A-E) and three at GCSE level* (grades A-C/4-9); or Provide evidence of passes in four subjects, three of which must be at A level (grades A-E) and one at GCSE level* (grades A- C/4-9); or Provide evidence of an approved qualification at an equivalent level such as a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or Access to Higher Education qualification or equivalent; or Provide evidence, for a process of formal accreditation by the University, of learning you have gained through work or other experience. The Subject Committee will consider a range of qualifications, experience and other evidence of ability to complete the course satisfactorily when considering applications for part-time study.

* GCSE English Language (grades A-C/4-9) may be used as part of the GCSE requirement.


You must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language at 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

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • NI Assembly
  • NI Political Parties
  • Inform Communication
  • Axiom Law
  • Civil Service
  • PSNI
  • Local or National Media Company

Job roles

With this degree you could become:

  • Political Party Campaign Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Civil Service Fast Streamer
  • Journalist
  • Public Affairs Consultant
  • Research Officer
  • Assembly Researcher

Career options

Enhancing your career:

  • 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.
  • 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 Work Based Learning and Politics, is designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply political scholarship to practical situations and link academic studies to the world outside the university.
  • 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.
  • The module aims to prepare students for the world of work beyond university.
  • Politics students can apply to 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.


Start dates

  • September 2022

Fees and funding

Module Pricing

The price of your overall programme will be determined by the number of credit points that you initiate in the relevant academic year.

For modules commenced in the academic year 2022/23, the following fees apply:

Module Pricing
Credit Points NI/ROI Cost GB Cost International Cost
120 £4,629.60 £9,249.60 £15,360
60  £2,314.80 £4,624.80 £7,680
30 £1,157.40 £2,312.40 £3,840
20  £771.60 £1,541.60£2,560

NB: A standard full-time undergraduate degree is equivalent to 120 credit points per year.

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

It is important to remember that costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges) and normal living will need to be covered in addition to tuition fees.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses (in addition to tuition fees) we make every effort to highlight them above. 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 Wi-Fi are also available on each of the campuses.

There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

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

See the tuition fees on our student guide for most up to date costs.


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