Undergraduate degrees

The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) is a large and friendly department and is widely regarded as one of the fastest growing, most dynamic and forward-looking departments in the country.

Choose to study in the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) and take the opportunity to examine some of the most important political issues, both at a national and international level, that we, as citizens, face in the 21st century. We currently run a very successful Single Honours BA in Sociology. In addition, we offer several Joint Honours programmes.

As well as focusing on your degree of choice, you will have the opportunity to take part in events and activities that will enhance your all-round knowledge and learning experience. For example, you can participate in round-table discussions, help organise visiting speakers, go on trips to Westminster and Whitehall and hear invited politicians and leading international academics speak.

At undergraduate level, the department offers degree programmes in:

Political Economy

Single honours:

Year abroad options:

Degrees with year abroad:

Each year from within POLSIS up to a quarter of our students have the opportunity to complete a year abroad as part of their degree program and benefit tremendously from increased confidence and different academic perspective of having studied a politics based degree in a foreign country.

International Relations


Political Economy


Find out more about studying on a year abroad degree.

Undergraduate modules:

We offer a wide range of undergraduate modules in the School of Government and Society.

Modules studied in the first year include:

See a full list of modules offered in the School of Government and Society.

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Other related degrees:

Fees and funding

For entry in September, fees are:

Standard fees apply.
Learn more about fees and funding.

Home/EU students

Undergraduate Home/EU student fees 2016-17
Fee Band Full-time
Undergraduate £9,000

Overseas students entering in 2016-17

Overseas students entering in 2016-17
Fee Band (Undergraduate) Full-time
Band D (Classroom) £13,860


At Birmingham we ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective students from considering university and that excellence is rewarded.

The University offers a range of additional financial support for students studying at Birmingham in the form of bursaries, grants and scholarships.

Learn more about our scholarships and awards. 

How to apply

Apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com using the course code.
Learn more about applying.

University of Birmingham's UCAS code number is B32.


The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

UK, EU and international students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

You submit an application via the UCAS website with a list of up to five courses. All choices are confidential during the application process so universities and colleges considering an application cannot see your other choices. Applications must be completed by mid-January of the year that you wish to start university.

You can monitor the progress of your application using the UCAS Apply system.

If you decide to come to POLSIS, you will be assured of both a warm welcome and an exciting, challenging and rewarding programme of study.

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