Politics is the art or science of government, the jockeying of groups with different interests to get allocated the resources, power, lifestyle or identity they want recognised. Focus on real-life political decision-making and policies, and discover how international politics shapes all of our lives, by studying our BA (Hons) Politics degree in Cambridge.
On this politics course you’ll study the practical and theoretical aspects of modern politics and international relations, and thereby gain insights into our past, present and future on both a local and global scale. You’ll examine relevant political debates from a historical, philosophical and sociological perspective. In doing so, we‘ll go beyond the ‘high politics’ of traditional theories and the workings of parliaments. Instead, you’ll be able to develop your own specialisms in areas such as global diplomacy, international relations, and international issues like climate change; protest movements like Black Lives Matter; the devolution of power away from central government; the politics of the new media; the politics of gender, and the place of race in modern society.
Our specialist modules such as Race, Racism and Cultural Identity, Wrestling with Trump: the WWE and Modern Political Culture, and Politics and Social Media will allow you to engage with contemporary issues, developing a deeper understanding of modern politics.
As a BA (Hons) Politics student at ARU, you’ll learn from expert tutors including historians, sociologists, criminologists and political scientists.
Together, we’ll explore the latest theories, debates and research; examine domestic, European and international themes in politics, and consider the practical implications of political decision-making and policies.
All our Politics students have the opportunity to study in the USA or Canada for a semester, and can apply for funding to help cover the cost. You could also take an optional placement year.
What jobs can you get from studying politics?
Once you’ve graduated, you might start a career in analysis, journalism or local or international politics, or other careers as in our Careers section below.
What type of degree is Politics
This is a Bachelor’s degree in Politics. After your undergraduate politics degree you could continue to develop your skills with one of our full-time or part-time Masters degrees including our MA International Relations, and we have several options for cross-disciplinary research such as a history and politics degree at PhD level.
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Our BA (Hons) Politics graduates go on to work in a variety of fields, including local government, charities, NGOs, and European and international organisations and agencies. You might also explore career paths in public service, the criminal justice system, future energy policy and planning, security, negotiation and peacekeeping, or communication and media.
As part of your degree you have the option to learn a language, through our Anglia Language Programme. This can boost your employability in international areas such as UN conflict resolution and diplomacy.
You could also learn more, develop a specialism or start an exciting career in research with our MA International Relations, MA Sociology or MA Criminology. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
“I learned to be flexible and adaptable to achieve excellent academic practice in different styles. The in-depth study of everyday issues helps you to see that things are not as simple as we think.”
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This course offers a foundation year – an extra year of study to help you prepare for university, and build your knowledge and skills.More about foundation years