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BA (Hons) Politics

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Plan for your future with a Politics degree, and discover why 100% of our students said they were satisfied with the course in the 2017 National Student Survey.

Key facts

  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Start date September or January
  • Duration 48 months or 36 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based

Politics permeates every aspect of our lives – shaping our opinions, informing our decisions and helping us to understand what motivates people.

When you study Politics at the University of Stirling, you’ll increase your awareness of the different political systems, ideologies and policies that impact people’s lives regionally, nationally and globally. We’re ranked among the best universities for Politics in Scotland, and are highly regarded for our strong, research-led approach to teaching. In the 2017 National Student Survey, 100% of our Politics students said they were satisfied with their course. 

A Politics degree helps you develop the intellectual, communication and analytical skills employers are looking for. You’ll open the door to a wide range of career opportunities – from politics itself, to connected arenas such as commerce, civil service, journalism, law and teaching. There are also plenty of opportunities to broaden your horizons by studying abroad during your course, including through Politics-specific partnerships with universities in Sweden and Poland.

Enhance your understanding of how the world works, and gain the skills you need to play your part in shaping it with a Politics degree from the University of Stirling.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

    SQA Highers
    AABB – one sitting
    AABBB – two sittings

    GCE A-levels
    BBB

    IB Diploma
    32

    BTEC (Level 3)
    DDM

  • Year 2 entry – Three-year honours

    SQA Advanced Highers
    ABB

    GCE A-levels
    ABB

    IB Diploma
    35

    Essential subjects

    Should include either Politics, Government and Politics, or Modern Studies.

  • Other qualifications

    Scottish HNC/HND

    Year one entry – Bs in graded units

    English, Welsh and NI HNC/D

    Merits and Distinctions

    Access Courses

    Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

    Foundation Apprenticeships

    Foundation apprenticeships are considered to be equivalent to one Higher at Grade B.

  • Advanced entry

    Year 2 entry may be possible with an HND in Social Sciences with specific units. Please consult our Advanced Entry pages for more details.

  • Additional information

    General entrance requirements apply

    If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

    . If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.

  • Other routes of entry

    If you’re an international student and don’t meet the required academic and English-language criteria for entry onto this degree, there are other options. You could take our International Foundation programme, which prepares you for entry onto our degrees. Delivered by INTO University of Stirling on our Stirling campus, you can benefit from excellent teaching and supportive English language training. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

    More information on our English language requirements

    Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2018/19 on this course of study.

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Course details

  • Teaching

    Throughout this course, you’ll be taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials. You’ll begin with a series of core modules that give you a broad grounding in politics – before specialising in Semesters 5-8, and choosing from a wide range of modules. As you study, you’ll achieve a firm grasp of how different political systems work, and how to interpret political issues and events.

  • Assessment

    Assessment is divided between exams, essays and presentations. You’ll also undertake class tests, take-home exams and research data exercises.

  • Study abroad

    As a University of Stirling student, you’ll have the opportunity to broaden your horizons and study abroad through our well-established connections with several international universities. Our Politics department also has a special Erasmus exchange programme with the politics departments at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, and Collegium Civitas in Poland. Students who have met the grade requirements and passed the interview could spend Semester 6 at one of these partner institutions.

    Find out more about studying abroad.

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  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (Fees are different for each course)

      2018/19 2019/20

    Scottish/EU Students

    Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland or the EU will be able to apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility online.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    Important note for EU students

    The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2018 and 2019 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. The future fee status of EU students enrolling in UK universities will depend on the timing and terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union. The University will make decisions on fee levels for EU students enrolling in 2020 when further guidance is available from the Scottish and UK governments, and will publicise information about fee levels and financial support available on the University website.

    While students should be aware this may mean a change from the current position where EU students are treated with equivalence to Scottish students, it is also important to note that any changes would also require changes to existing UK and Scottish legislation. Current indications are that the UK would leave the EU at the earliest in 2020, so any changes would not take effect before the academic year 2020/21.

    £1,820*

    *This tuition fee is set by the Scottish Government, and may be subject to change.

    £1,820*

    Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    If you’re domiciled in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you’ll be able to apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    If you successfully complete Years 1-3 of your course, you will also be eligible to receive an Honours Year Scholarship valued at £9,250 to cover the tuition fee costs of your fourth and final year of study. Learn more about the Honours Year Scholarship.

    There is additional funding available for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland – please see Funding opportunities below.

    £9,250 £9,250

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    You will be liable to pay fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    £12,140 £12,450

    You should expect to pay fees for every year you attend. Fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

  • Funding opportunities

    Students domiciled in Scotland and the EU

    The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland or the EU. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK)

    Eligible students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be able to receive the University’s Undergraduate Choice Scholarship, which offers a £1,000 cash award for Years 1-3 of study to eligible students coming to us with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent

    Alternatively, the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship offers a £1,000 cash award for Years 1-3 of study to eligible students coming to us with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.

    You don’t need to apply for these awards - we’ll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.

    To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled overseas

    The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    If you attend your graduation ceremony, there’s a charge of £50. This includes tickets for you and two guests, a souvenir programme, free parking on campus and entry to the graduation reception or garden party. There’s no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia.

    If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will be liable for an additional charge. There is no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

What jobs can you get with a Politics degree?

From social and political research to journalism, marketing and HR, our Politics course opens up a broad range of career opportunities. Potential employers include international organisations such as the UN, the third-sector, the civil service, local and national government, lobbying organisations and commercial businesses. Jobs directly related to a Politics degree include:

  • Government Social Research Officer
  • Public Affairs Consultant
  • Civil Service Fast Streamer
  • Public Relations Account Executive
  • Politician’s Assistant 

Other roles where a Politics degree is useful include: Market Researcher, Marketing Executive, Journalist, Charity Officer, Forensic Accountant, Public Relations Officer and many more.

As a Politics graduate, you’ll have a clear understanding of domestic and international politics – as well as how organisations like the World Trade Organisation, the United Nations and the European Union operate. This provides you with a solid understanding of the issues involved in international relations and the significance of politics as a global – and local – activity. When you graduate with a BA Politics from the University of Stirling, you’ll be in good company. Our alumni include Former Secretary of State for Defence Dr John Reid, former Member of Parliament for Stirling Steven Patterson and current MPs Neil Gray and Angela Crawley. 

  • Tailor your Politics degree for a particular career path by combining courses such a Journalism, Social Policy or Business Studies.
  • Guest lecturers and field trips give you real insights into the professional applications of a Politics degree.
  • Over 97% of our undergraduate leavers are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).
  • Employability skills

    Your employability is one of our highest priorities, and we want to make sure you have every possible advantage when you enter the job market. We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at Stirling and develop the attributes required by employers. We also have a dedicated Faculty Employability and Skills Officer and a Careers and Employability Service that work in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience, and are given the right opportunities to make you ready for the world of work.

    Your studies will equip you with skills in the following areas, plus many more:

    • Critical analysis
    • Communication and presentation
    • Flexibility
    • Team working
    • Intellectual independence
    • Research
I think the teaching at Stirling is really varied which for the most part was really refreshing. I really valued all those different approaches to enhancing our learning.
Ashley Cameron
Scotland BA (Hons) History and Politics
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