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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 13450 per year

All study options

About Politics at Nottingham Trent University

Our students would recommend us! 94% of our BA (Hons) Politics students would recommend studying at NTU (National Student Survey 2017).

This distinctive Poltics degree examines the theory and practice of politics, integrating both national and international perspectives. You'll learn about the significance of an increasingly globalised political environment and understand the significance of politics as a human activity.

If you have a keen interest in current affairs and international trends, then the BA (Hons) Politics degree at NTU is ideal for you. This course encourages you to engage directly as a political scientist or theorist by doing your own independent research, culminating in the production of a final year dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Throughout the degree you'll develop a greater awareness of the complexity and connectedness of the processes that shape our world. This opens up careers in a wide range of fields in the public and private sectors, fostering the skills, imagination, understanding and flexibility that employers demand.

Why choose this course?

  • Politics at NTU is ranked fifth out of 83 institutions for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2016).
  • The research of our academic staff feeds directly into the course, which means you will be learning about the latest issues from world-renowned experts. The team also regularly contribute their thoughts about worldwide events and incidents to the local, national and international media.
  • You may have the opportunity to gain work experience with local and national organisations, and to study abroad as part of the Erasmus foreign exchange scheme.
  • You can choose to get involved with the student-run Politics society, which has arranged guest lectures from local MPs and numerous trips to places such as the European Parliament in Brussels.
  • 100% of BA (Hons) Politics full-time students agree that the course is well organised and runs smoothly (National Student Survey 2016).

Joint Honours courses are offered by the School of Art and Humanities and are available at our Clifton Campus.

How you're taught

To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university, you'll receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods.

Structured teaching will be delivered through a combination of traditional lectures and seminars. Lectures encourage the skills of listening, concentration, active understanding and note-taking. Smaller group learning environments, such as seminars and workshops, offer reflective group discussions and provide opportunities to develop problem solving skills, group cooperation, textual analysis, debating skills, presentation skills, as well as exposing you to a wide range of views and perspectives on contemporary issues.

A number of modules utilise alternative forms of learning within the classroom, including problem-based inquiry, flipped classrooms, simulation exercises, group presentations, case studies and film-based discussions.

Tutorials with staff

As the relationship between students and tutors is an important one, you can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. At these sessions you'll have the opportunity to:

  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your university experience.

Politics at Nottingham Trent University is ranked 4th out of 77 for the number of final year students who are satisfied with the feedback and assessment by lecturers on their course (The Guardian university league table 2016).

Independent study

Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout your three years of study, the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease as you develop the skills required to undertake an independent study or dissertation in your final year. You'll still have regular contact with your tutors and, if necessary, ad hoc tutorials can be arranged.

Virtual learning environment

You'll also use our virtual learning environment NOW, which will extend the curriculum beyond the classroom, you will be encouraged to participate in a range of activities that serve to consolidate, broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding, for instance: online quizzes, crosswords, film-screenings and other video resources, mini-reports, online multiple choice tests, mini-essays, case-studies, short written answers (that help build toward longer essays), online question banks, discussion forums, topical question sheets, past exam papers and other online assessment materials.

NOW is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

How will I be assessed?

The Politics course employs a variety of assessment methods to generate a broad and balanced representation of your skills and understanding. Methods of assessment may include: coursework-based essays, reports, written exams, textual analysis, oral group and individual presentations, multiple choice tests, case studies, literature reviews and a final year research-based dissertation.

In response to student feedback, the University has introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.

Expert staff

You'll be taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff. The courses all draw upon their expertise, research interests and experience, and many have also published textbooks in their specialist area of interest.

You'll develop specialist knowledge based on the team staff's expertise in several areas including political theory, foreign policy, and global political economy.

Can I study abroad?

You may have the opportunity to spend half of your second year studying abroad with the Erasmus+ foreign exchange scheme. This provides a great opportunity to experience life in another country and gain a new perspective on your subject. Find out more about this exciting study abroad opportunity.

Beyond the course

Broaden your experience, stand out from the crowd, and gain a range of skills that employers are looking for.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (50%), written (50%)
  • Year 2 coursework (60%), written (40%)
  • Year 3 coursework (83%), written (17%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lecturers/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%)
  • Year 2 lecturers/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%)
  • Year 3 lecturers/seminars/workshops (19%), independent study (81%)

Careers and employability

Work experience and study abroad

Throughout this course you'll be developing skills for employability. During the Politics and International Relations: Theory and Practice module in Year Two, you'll have the opportunity to gain work experience with local and national organisations, with your work reports forming part of the assessment.

You'll also have the chance to spend half of your second year studying abroad with the Erasmus foreign exchange scheme. You may be able to study in places such as:

  • Corvinus University of Budapest in Hungary
  • Lille I University in France
  • Metropolitan University in Prague
  • Deusto University in Spain.

We are also currently looking at expanding our network of partner universities. Please note that these universities are subject to change. Different options might be available from one year to another.

Your career development

We are determined to equip our students with the skills, attributes and experiences they require for graduate employment. From year one onwards we
run a programme of employability activities and events that will help you develop and enhance your own personal employability profile. Some of these
events involve sessions with our dedicated employability team, others allow you to meet and network with external speakers and other partners who work in the field of politics.

When you start the course, you'll be given a learning journal, which you'll use to record relevant experiences and achievements, reflect on key skills you've developed and prepare for the world of work. The aim is to give you a head start in securing graduate employment following completion of your
degree. There is also a dedicated 'Year Four Tutor' who will continue to work with you after graduation, providing support, circulating opportunities (for employment, experience and further study) and keeping you in touch with our networks of external partners, former students and other contacts.

Some of the key transferable skills you'll develop include:

  • communication
  • time management
  • problem-solving
  • teamworking.

We're building successful graduates

This course opens up careers in a wide range of fields in the public and private sectors. You may be keen to pursue a career in local politics and local government. You may also be interested in working in the police service, the civil service, or public relations. In the private sector, organisations are increasingly looking for graduates with an understanding of international and global events and processes – all areas explored during this course.

The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Politics graduates are following:*

  • Campaign manager for a political party
  • Digital researcher
  • HR assistant
  • Marketing executive
  • PR communication officer
  • Press officer
  • Teaching assistant.

*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results, 2011-12 and 2014-15.

Our Employability team

We have a dedicated Employability team located on the City Campus. The team are well placed to give you specialist guidance and practical help that will really make a difference to your prospects once you do graduate.


As a Social Sciences student you will have easy access to the fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings, including:

  • lecture theatres and teaching classrooms
  • open access PCs and secure wireless points
  • study areas and social spaces
  • Chaucer café, serving drinks and light snacks
  • our brand new School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

Entry requirements

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

For September 2018 entry you will need:

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

Foundation courses
If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements, please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification, please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements, please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements, please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support
If you have any questions about your qualifications, or about making an application to the University, please contact our international team for advice.

University preparation courses
If you do not meet the entry requirements, you may be interested in our pre-Masters or Foundation course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), which lead onto this postgraduate or undergraduate degree if successfully completed. NTIC students are based on the City Campus and have access to all the University facilities.

Find out more about university preparation courses at NTIC.

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