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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

The Politics programme at the University of Plymouth places politics within a global setting, focusing on key 21st-century issues, trends and debates. In your first year, you will join a vibrant community of scholars and students from the Politics and International Relations group. You will learn what key political thinkers have argued about democracy and its many rivals and compare different democratic systems across the world, gaining an understanding of how they cooperate and co-exist with other states. You will study the politics behind some of the most urgent environmental and social problems faced by humanity.In your second year, you get a chance to look at the comparative politics of the global south. You will study British politics as it moves into an uncertain future and take a ringside seat as it faces increasing pressures from Scottish, Irish and Welsh nationalism. You will distinguish between different types of non-democratic regimes and learn how they develop and hold onto power. You will find out how the European Union works and how it intends to deal with the UK as its new neighbour. You have the options to study how lobby, protest and pressure groups do politics in civil society, how political debate and opinion is changing with new developments in the public sphere such as social media, and how globalisation forces are influencing our understanding of national sovereignty. In your third year, you will get an opportunity to research a political question of your choosing, with support and advice from our expert academics who are internationally recognised in their field. You then also choose four electives from a range of modules delivered by scholars with research expertise in subjects such as the politics of the Middle East, Africa, the United States, Europe, the environment, political campaigns and elections. In your third year, there is also an opportunity to develop your employability skills with our work-based learning in Politics and International Relations module.

Application deadline

15 January

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University information

University of Plymouth

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, England

The university has a thriving international community, with over 2,500 students from more than 100 countries, and 80 partnerships in over 30 countries.
A dedicated international student advice team provides specialist support to international students, helping them settle into UK life.
The university is renowned for its world-leading research, especially in the fields of marine and maritime, health technologies and sustainability.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    55th out of 86 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    104 50%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.88 78%



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