BA (Hons) Politics

Nottingham Trent University School of Social Sciences - Undergraduate

Program Description

BA (Hons) Politics

Nottingham Trent University School of Social Sciences - Undergraduate

BA (Hons) Politics

Our students would recommend us! 94% of our BA (Hons) Politics students would recommend studying at NTU (National Student Survey 2017).

This distinctive Poltics degree examines the theory and practice of politics, integrating both national and international perspectives. You'll learn about the significance of an increasingly globalised political environment and understand the significance of politics as a human activity.

If you have a keen interest in current affairs and international trends, then the BA (Hons) Politics degree at NTU is ideal for you. This course encourages you to engage directly as a political scientist or theorist by doing your own independent research, culminating in the production of a final year dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Throughout the degree you'll develop a greater awareness of the complexity and connectedness of the processes that shape our world. This opens up careers in a wide range of fields in the public and private sectors, fostering the skills, imagination, understanding and flexibility that employers demand.

Why choose this course?

  • Politics at NTU is ranked fifth out of 83 institutions for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2016).
  • The research of our academic staff feeds directly into the course, which means you will be learning about the latest issues from world-renowned experts. The team also regularly contribute their thoughts about worldwide events and incidents to the local, national and international media.
  • You may have the opportunity to gain work experience with local and national organisations and study abroad as part of the Erasmus foreign exchange scheme.
  • You can choose to get involved with the student-run Politics society who have arranged guest lectures from local MPs and numerous trips to places such as the European Parliament in Brussels.
  • 100% of BA (Hons) Politics full-time students agree that the course is well organised and runs smoothly (National Student Survey 2016).

What you'll study

This distinctive degree examines the theory and practice of politics, integrating both national and international perspectives. You'll learn about the significance of an increasingly globalised political environment and understand the significance of politics as a human activity.

The content of this course reflects the fact that politics in the 21st Century takes place at a global level and is experienced in everyday life – in struggles against discrimination and in our interactions as consumers, workers, readers and viewers.

Throughout this course you'll be developing skills for employability. During the Researching Politics and International Relations module in Year two you'll have the opportunity to gain work experience with local and national organisations, with your work reports forming part of the assessment.

100% of BA (Hons) Politics full-time students agree that the course is intellectually stimulating (National Student Survey 2016).

How you’re taught

To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university you'll receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods.

Structured teaching will be delivered through a combination of traditional lectures and seminars. The smaller group seminars provide opportunities to develop problem solving skills, group working, analysis, debating skills, presentation skills and discussion about a wide range of views.

Tutorials with staff

As the relationship between students and tutors is an important one you can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. At these sessions you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • Ask questions about the projects you're working on
  • Raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your university experience.

Politics at Nottingham Trent University is ranked 4th out of 77 for the number of final year students who are satisfied with the feedback and assessment by lecturers on their course (Guardian University league table 2016).

Independent study

Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout the three years of your course the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease as you develop the skills required to undertake an independent study or dissertation in your final year. You'll still have regular contact with your tutors and if necessary ad hoc tutorials can be arranged.

Virtual learning environment

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

How will I be assessed?

The Politics course employs a range of assessment methods including coursework-based essays, reports and a final year research-based dissertation. You'll also be assessed through a combination of formal examinations as well as practical assessments such as group and individual presentations.

In response to student feedback the University has introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.

Expert staff

You'll be taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff. The courses all draw upon their expertise, research interests and experience and many have also published textbooks in their specialist area of interest.

You'll develop specialist knowledge based on the teams staff expertise in several areas including political theory, foreign policy and global political economy.

Can I study abroad?

You may have the opportunity to spend half of your second year studying abroad with the Erasmus+ Foreign Exchange Scheme. This provides a great opportunity to experience life in another country and gain a new perspective on your subject.

Beyond the course

Broaden your experience, stand out from the crowd and gain a range of skills that employers are looking for.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

100% of BA (Hons) Politics full-time students agree that staff are good at explaining things and are enthusiastic about what they are teaching (National Student Survey 2016).

Careers and employability

Work experience and study abroad

Throughout this course you'll be developing skills for employability. During the Researching Politics and International Relations module in Year Two you'll have the opportunity to gain work experience with local and national organisations, with your work reports forming part of the assessment.

You'll also have the chance to spend half of your second year studying abroad with the Erasmus foreign exchange scheme. You may be able to study in places such as:

  • Corvinus in Budapest, Hungary
  • Lille in France
  • Metropolitan University in Prague
  • Deusto University in Spain.

We are also currently looking at expanding our network of partner universities. Please note that these universities are subject to change. Different options might be available on a year by year basis.

Your career development

Career development is seen as a major part of this course. You'll develop key transferable skills including:

  • communication
  • time-management
  • problem-solving
  • teamworking.

You'll also have the opportunity to develop links with relevant organisations and potential employers.

We're building successful graduates

This course opens up careers in a wide range of fields in the public and private sectors. You may be keen to pursue a career in local politics and local government. You may also be interested in working in the police service, the civil service and public relations. In the private sector organisations are increasingly looking for graduates with an understanding of international and global events and processes which are areas explored during this course.

The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Politics graduates are following:*

  • Campaign Manager for a political party
  • Digital Researcher
  • HR Assistant
  • Marketing Executive
  • PR Communication Officer
  • Press Officer
  • Teaching Assistant.

*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results 2011-12 – 2014-15.

Our Employability Team

We have a dedicated Employability Team located on the City site. The team are well placed to give you specialist guidance and practical help that will really make a difference to your prospects once you do graduate.

During the Researching Politics and International Relations module in Year Two you'll have the opportunity to gain work experience with local and national organisations, with your work reports forming part of the assessment.

Facilities

As a Social Sciences student you will have easy access to the fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings including:

  • Lecture theatres and teaching classrooms;
  • Open access PCs and secure wireless points;
  • Study areas and social spaces;
  • Chaucer cafe serving drinks and light snacks;
  • Our brand new School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.

100% of BA (Hons) Politics full-time students agree that the library resources and services are good enough for their needs. (National Student Survey 2016)

Entry requirements

UK

For September 2017 entry you will need:

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade c.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and we are happy to accept applications from mature students, students with access qualifications and many other types of standard and non-standard qualifications for which we can calculate UCAS points. Non-standard applicants may be interviewed.

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff has changed for 2017 entry. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200Call: +44 (0)115 848 4200.

International

For September 2017 entry you will need:

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade c.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated January 26, 2018
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This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
Duration
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3 years
Full time
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9,250 GBP
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United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
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