Politics courses vary in their emphasis, so it is worth reading each prospectus carefully, to determine if the modules and placements are Eurocentric or more general. Among the modules which are currently being taught in UK politics departments are: terrorism and international security; conflict resolution and war; international relations; democracy; ethnic conflicts; the politics of sustainability; decision-making and the history of activism. Whether you are interested in the local, national or international level, you will find a course which offers you the right mix of options and specialisms.
Political theories are used to untangle the complexities of the contemporary world. Students are encouraged to think critically about political events – whether considering global inequality, gender politics, civil war or uneven economic growth – and draw on the principles and literature available to them to produce coherent arguments and analyses.
Many universities have close links with government agencies and organisations, and can offer students the opportunity to take up short or year-long placements within a political hub, where they can gain first-hand knowledge about the role of government, the executive, lobbyists and NGOs.
Over 25 per cent of politics students carry on and pursue postgraduate degrees. Graduates will find a vast range of potential career paths open to them, on completing their first degree.
Just over 55 per cent of politics graduates are in employment within six months of finishing their course, while 26 per cent continue their studies and take postgraduate courses.
Top five graduate destinations:
Policy analysis Political consultancy Local and central government Charity work Social media management
Key areas of employment:
NGOs Law Media Banking HR Journalism Civil service