Discover how politics changes your world on our full-time degree in Cambridge. Choose to study abroad for one semester in the US, and get support to find work placements. Develop your critical skills by analysing key political structures and institutions from history and use them to gain an insight into future political landscapes in a career as an analyst, journalist or politician.
On this course you’ll study practical and theoretical aspects of politics, looking at contemporary perspectives on key political topics and developing critical analyses of political structures and institutions to gain insights into past, present and future areas of political concern, with both local and global impact.
Focusing on real-life political decision-making, agencies and policies, you’ll examine relevant debates from historical, philosophical and sociological contexts. Our historically-focused modules will give you the chance to view American, British and European politics over the long term, while others will allow you to explore sociological and criminological debates closer to the present. You’ll also be able to develop strands of specialisms in global and international issues, local political concerns, and political activity and activism, choosing from optional modules that will add extra dimensions to your study.
You’ll be taught by leading historians, sociologists, criminologists and political scientists, giving you expert perspectives on contemporary political issues. Our course will encourage you to consider issues that reach more widely than traditional political theory or the politics of parliamentary debate, such as: the history and forms of protest and activism; the politics of the new media; the politics of sustainability and energy; and contemporary questions about devolution and the demassification of state power. While examining domestic, European and international themes in politics, you’ll also have the chance to consider the practical implications of the work involved in making policy decisions.
Course Leader: Dr Luke Cooper
This degree will equip you for many careers, including work with local government, charities and NGOs, but also with European and international organisations and agencies. You might also explore career paths in the public services and criminal justice system, future energy policy and planning, security, negotiation and peacekeeping, or communication and media.
While on the course, you’ll have the option to take language modules, which will prepare you for work in international political contexts including UN conflict resolution and diplomacy.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
In the second year you’ll have a chance to take part in an optional work placement scheme, which will give you tangible skills and experiences to add to your CV.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
You’ll demonstrate your learning through a combination of essays, exams, case studies, optional work experience, and presentations. Your studies will culminate in a final year dissertation on a topic of your choice, and supervised one-on-one by an expert in that area.
In the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, we use our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond to nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking, and encourage critical thinking, in order to educate, entertain, inspire and understand, as well as to improve people’s lives.
You’ll have many opportunities to engage with specialists, practitioners, agencies and institutions through our guest speakers, workshop events, visits, research projects, and links with local bodies, charities and organisations.
You can apply to study abroad for one semester at one of our North American university partners, such as the University of Valparaiso, whose excellent Social Science programme will open up questions regarding US politics and democratic ideologies to complement your study on this degree course. You can also get funding to help you cover the cost.
Cambridge is only one hour from Westminster and three from Brussels, with a busy political scene including Labour and Liberal Democrat clubs that we share with the University of Cambridge. As one of our students you’ll be eligible for membership of the Cambridge Union, where you can hear talks by politicians and get your foot in the door of the world of politics.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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