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A knowledge of politics helps you to understand and explain what governments do. It also teaches you a great deal about human nature. Politics is not only what political scientists study, but also an activity in which professional politicians, civil servants and ordinary citizens take part.
These degree programmes help you acquire important analytical skills. You learn to find your way among different arguments, rival theories and alternative explanations. You also learn about campaigns, elections, protest movements, policy issues and political ideals.
Where can I go?
A lot of our European partner universities teach in the native language and so, if you wish to apply to one of them, it is usually a requirement that you have a good working knowledge of the respective language.
Outside of Europe, we have exchange partners in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, Ghana, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, the USA, Uruguay, and the West Indies.
For more specific details on the names and locations of our partner universities, you should consult our study abroad - outgoing students webpage.
Recent international universities include:
University of Minnesota Duluth - USA
Loyola University, New Orleans - USA
New Mexico State University - USA
University of Melbourne - Australia
University of Lund - Sweden
University of Maine - USA
University of Queensland - Australia
Western University - Canada
Pontificia Universidad Catolica Argentina - Argentina
National University of Singapore - Singapore
University van Amsterdam - Netherlands
For more information about the year abroad visit our Year abroad and student exchange page.
Why study this course
The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) is one of the largest and best of its type in the UK. It consistently scores high in the National Student Survey and has consistently been viewed as one of the best departments in the country since the Guardian started publishing their League Tables in 2000.
Our expertise covers all areas of the discipline allowing you to learn from true specialists, with long-established strengths in the fields of political theory, European politics, international relations theory, security studies, diplomatic studies, political sociology, political economy, environmental politics, Pacific Asian politics and British politics.
As well as benefiting from our world-leading expertise, you’ll also get the chance to take part in a range of in-house activities that vary by year and are designed to complement your curriculum and enrich your time at Birmingham. These have included:
Annual Student Conference
Research Assistance Scheme, where students are paired with a member of staff to help them in specific research tasks
Simulation exercises using real case examples
Simulation events and research visits to local and national places of interest
Learn more about our Student Experience activities and the work of the Department
Contact the admissions tutor for more module information for this course.
You are provided with the basic knowledge and skills to study politics. You also have the opportunity to take other introductory social science courses.
You have the opportunity to develop specialised knowledge in areas that you find of greatest interest, such as political theory and analysis, European integration, British politics, American politics, comparative European politics, and political economy.
Year Abroad (Third Year)
In your third year you will register for the equivalent of 120 credits at the host institution. You will have to undertake and pass the assessment for 60 credits of the modules for which you are registered at the host institution. A Pass is required for progression to the 4th year of the programme. These credits will not contribute to the overall degree classification.
In addition to choosing modules from a wide range of options, students undertake an independent research project on a topic of their own choosing.
Fees and funding
Number of A levels required: 3
Typical offer: ABB
General Studies: not accepted
Typical offer grades are for guidance only, and will depend on the subjects you are combining. Please read the entries for both subjects. Where there is a disparity between the typical offer for Subject A and the typical offer for Subject B, the higher offer should be taken as the usual offer for the combination of the two.
Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements
How to apply
Apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com using code: LV25.
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University of Birmingham's UCAS code number is B32.
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