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Politics (Study Abroad) BA (Hons)

Lancaster University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

There has never been a more exciting time to study politics!From the politics of energy to climate change, the politics of migration to global pandemics, and democratic accountability to the politics of self-identity - questions of power, representation, and protest loom large. Traditional party politics creaks under the weight of social transformation, while long-standing left / right allegiances are challenged by the rise of populism, nationalist sentiment and multiculturalism.The study of Politics here at Lancaster examines the contemporary political processes, arguments and compromises through which these challenges are met, denied or avoided. Your studies at Lancaster will include analysis and exploration of UK domestic party-politics and policy, as well as the politics of nations such as the USA, China and Russia and regional contexts such as Latin America and the EU.You’ll learn about the theories, concepts and approaches through which politics is academically engaged and understood, as well as gaining applied knowledge of how politics takes place on the ground.The course at Lancaster University is taught by lecturers who are passionate about their specialisms and bring their latest research into their teaching.The degree covers a very wide range of topics and, as you advance through the degree, you increasingly have the opportunity to tailor the degree to your own interests by choosing from a wide range of modules. You will find that the core topics we offer are typical of most Politics degrees in the UK. An important difference however is that we also offer modules in many areas of specific and topical staff expertise concerning government and politics in Britain, Europe and the world, as well a range of other relevant optional modules due to the interdisciplinary (Politics, Philosophy and Religion) nature of our department.The cornerstone of your first year is the core module Politics in the Modern World which introduces key themes, concepts and events that are important in the study of modern politics at university level. This includes a balance of political practice and theories, in Britain and across the world.In the 21st century there is an increasing interdependence between national and global, which means that domestic politics and international relations can no longer be properly understood in isolation from one another. We therefore recommend that in the first year you choose the optional module International Relations: Theory and Practice to complement to the core Politics module. However, you also have the option to take an introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality. You will be able to choose a third module from a range of subjects that complement your studies.In your second year, you have the opportunity to spend a year abroad at one of our partner universities, currently these are located in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and the USA. The year provides an opportunity to experience a different society, culture and political system while furthering your studies.In your final year, you have the opportunity to undertake a sustained investigation on a specific political subject that interests you and can choose from a wide range of modules, such as Africa and Global Politics, Islamic Politics, and Contemporary Issues in Human Rights. The options available in any given year will vary depending on our latest research, student feedback and topical concerns. You will find further information about modules in the Course Structure section.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 20,930per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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University information

Lancaster University

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  • Campus address

    Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4YW, England

Lancaster’s community is made up of people from over 100 countries giving students opportunities to make lifelong connections that cross borders and cultures.
The university has dedicated support available for international students.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    15th out of 86 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    144 70%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.98 80%



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