Our rich choice of courses will give you a rounded perspective on different political systems, ideologies and policies.
As you study, you develop the intellectual, communication and analytical skills employers value. Possible careers run from commerce and industry to the civil service, journalism, law and teaching – plus politics itself, in both research and representative capacities. Other career options include diplomacy/Foreign Service, international organisations such as the U.N. and the third sector.
Teaching of Politics at Stirling has received the highest student satisfaction rating. We have a particularly strong profile in international politics and offer a range of modules in this area. You can choose the Politics (International Politics) degree, which differs from the Politics degree in focusing almost entirely on international relations and area studies in the last two years. Other opportunities at Stirling include spending a semester abroad, through our exchange programme with the universities in Australia, Canada Hong Kong, Japan, Poland, Sweden and the United States.
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
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If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.
INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences to the required standard provides guaranteed progression to this degree.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
More information on our English language requirements
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.
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 11,845.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 12,140.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£9250 – with a generous package of scholarship options|
From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for overseas undergraduates will be held at the level upon entry.
Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware 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.
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You will take Politics plus two other subjects in Year 1.
In Semesters 1 - 3 you will take the following modules:
In Semester 4 you take the following modules:
In Semesters 5 - 8 you will choose from a broad range of advanced (level 10) modules including:
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(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.)
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
January entry also available - see semester dates
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
Teaching provision in Politics has been assessed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and achieved the highest possible rating of ‘commendable’ in all aspects. Politics at Stirling was also ranked 5th in Scotland by The Guardian University Guide, 2011.
The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.
Students can take part in University-wide exchanges involving universities in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and the USA. Politics has also developed an Erasmus exchange programme with the departments of Politics 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 their sixth semester in abroad.
Degree courses in Politics encourage you to develop intellectual, communication and analytical skills which are attractive to many employers. These include the ability to critically evaluate data and information, a capacity to work independently, effective time management, an ability to organize and solve problems, and a capacity to communicate clearly, both in writing and speech. As a result of these transferable skills, Politics graduates are to be found in commerce and industry, as well as the civil service, journalism, law and teaching – and in politics of course, in both research and representative capacities.
On this programme there are opportunities to hear guest speakers.
Students are also offered the opportunity to undertake placements within the Scottish Political Archive (SPA). The SPA collects and makes accessible archival material from Scottish politicians and political organisations. Placements would suit anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in librarianship, archives, museums or education. Current projects include cataloguing, digitising, preparing educational resource packs, event planning, exhibition design and installation.
Our graduates are spread throughout the world. At present we are in contact with graduates in over 10 countries around the world. In the UK our graduates are active at local and national levels of politics. They are currently contributing to organisations such as:
To provide you with an indication as to what you can do with your Politics degree, graduates entering into employment in the past two years are currently working as:
Building on that foundation, alumni of Stirling’s Politics degree who graduated between five and ten years ago have since advanced into some of the following positions:
Some of our more established alumni are currently leading and shaping strategy across many different sectors – here is an example of how a few former Stirling Politics students have advanced in their careers: