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What makes Politics at Worcester special?

Passionate about politics? Politics has never been so exciting! Our Politics Joint Honours course examines modern political issues, such as Brexit, EU membership, migration, anti-establishment politics, identity politics, globalisation, Westminster politics and environmentalism.

Our programme will also explore core political concepts, such as democracy, feminism, socialism, fascism, Queer theory, conservatism, postmodernist perspectives and liberalism. You will learn how to critically evaluate political theory and discuss key questions about race, ethnicity, sex, gender, religion and class.

Whether you are a Corbynista, a Conservative, a Liberal, a Remainer, a Brexiteer or of a different political persuasion, the Politics team welcomes applications from those passionate about political challenges across the globe.

For more information about this course, please follow our Politics Twitter account.       

Key features

  • Specialist careers advice and work-based learning that will increase your employability in a competitive jobs market.
  • Pursue a career in academia, politics, teaching, journalism, media, the civil service, local government or the charity sector.  
  • A multi-disciplinary and flexible degree that is tailored around your specific interests and will provide you with adaptable employability skills.  
  • Fantastic research facilities at the University of Worcester’s award winning Hive library, which offers a diverse range of online resources and easily accessible archives. 
  • A wide range of optional modules allows you to tailor your degree to your own specific interests.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


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Entry requirements

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Other information

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Democracy: Past, Present and Future (30 credits)


  • Unequal World (15 credits)
  • Ideology and Conflict in Europe Since 1789 (30 credits)
  • Nineteenth Century Britain: Politics and Society (15 credits)
  • Welfare for All? the story of a dream (15 credits)
  • Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing (15 credits)
  • French Stage 1 (15 credits)
  • German Stage 1 (15 credits)
  • Spanish Stage 1 (15 credits)
  • Modules from the other half (minor) of your Joint Honours degree

Year 2


  • Pathways in Politics (30 credits)


  • Politics Work Project (15 credits) 
  • Geographies of Development (15 credits)
  • Twentieth-Century USA (30 credits) 
  • Twentieth-Century Britain (30 credits)
  • British Women’s History, 1900-2000 (15 credits)
  • Modern Japan, 1854-1951 (15 credits)
  • Politics, Religion and Society in Ireland, 1690-1848 (15 credits)
  • Reporting Politics I (15 credits)
  • Campaign Power - People, Pressure Groups and Social Debates (15 credits)
  • 'Race’ and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain (15 credits)        

Year 3


  • Challenging Politics: people versus power across the globe (15 credits)        


  • Independent study (30 credits) 
  • Politics Independent Project (15 credits)
  • Political Geography (15 credits)
  • Nationalism (15 credits)
  • Nazi Germany, 1933-45 (15 credits)
  • British Imperialism c. 1784-1972 (30 credits)
  • Reporting Politics II (15 credits)
  • War, Democracy and the Media (15 credits)
  • Green Media (15 credits)
  • Response to Crime: The Justice Process (15 credits)
  • 'Race,’ Ethnicity and Education (15 credits)
  • Constructing Emotions: social / political perspectives (15 credits)
  • Capitalism and Globalisation (15 credits)        

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and directed study.

The Module Resource Lists will support your teaching and learning. You will have direct access to e-books, online journals, websites, newspapers, data, as well as media recommended by the tutors. Throughout your degree, our Politics Academic Liaison Librarian will offer friendly guidance and support specific to each student.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course. You have an opportunity to book one-to-one tutorials with the lecturers on all modules (to discuss approaches to forthcoming assignments, for example).

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 9-12 contact hours of teaching.  The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to work on your independent study (dissertation).

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars/Group work  

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 24 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve directed reading in preparation for the following week’s seminars and independent researching and writing upcoming assessments.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources (E-Books, E-Journals, newspapers, visual media, etc.).

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a highly qualified and experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes:

Dr Luke Devine
Dr Neil Fleming
Dr Simon Hardy
Dr Paddy McNally
Dr David Storey
Dr Wendy Toon
Mike Webb

Most teaching is directly related to the research and publications of the lecturers, and most course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.  


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include essays, source analyses, oral presentations, examinations, dissertation, literature reviews, learning journals, projects.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
Coursework (e.g. essays, document analyses, etc.)  95%
Examinations 5%

Year 2
Coursework (e.g. essays, document analyses, etc.)  90%
Examinations 10%

Year 3
Coursework (e.g. essays, document analyses, dissertation, etc.)  95%
Examinations 5%


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. You will also receive feedback on draft chapters of your dissertation. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.



Where could it take you?


In the second year of your Politics course, you will engage in subject-related work experience through the Politics Work Project (POLP 2105) module. You will spend time each week working within an organisation such as the local council, a political party (or MP) or a campaign group. Following your placement, you will then write a reflective assignment about your experience.

In addition, volunteering opportunities with local and regional organisations are regularly publicised to students. You will also receive regular careers advice from our Careers & Employability Service throughout your degree.

Graduates of University of Worcester have gone on to work in many different sectors including

  • Political parties
  • Teaching
  • The police
  • The probation service
  • Housing
  • The civil service
  • Local government and planning
  • Pressure groups
  • Think-tanks
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Charities
  • The media
  • Journalism
  • Social work.

Your BA (Hons) Politics degree will enable you to show employers your adaptability and multi-disciplinary subject knowledge of domestic and international politics. You will also develop transferable skills in written and verbal communication, research and data analysis, through interpreting a range of sources and perspectives. BA (Hons) Politics will also prepare you for further postgraduate study.

Meet the team

Here are a few members of the department who currently teach on this course:

  • luke-devine-meet-the-team

    Luke Devine

    Luke is Course Leader and Admissions Tutor for Politics and also teaches in Sociology, having in the past frequently taught in History. Luke enjoys working in partnership with students to create exciting, dynamic and interactive learning and teaching environments.  

  • david-storey-meet-the-team

    David Storey

    At Worcester, I am course leader for BA Human Geography and a member of the Centre for Rural Research. I sit on the university’s Research Degrees Board and am the Institute of Science and the Environment’s research degrees co-ordinator.

  • Mike_Webb_Pic_16Sept2014_rdax_200x200

    Mike Webb

    Mike Webb is a PPE (Philosophy, Politics & Economics) graduate of Oxford University. At Worcester, he teaches across Politics and Sociology undergraduate courses with particular emphases on crime, political campaigning, the world of work, and social welfare.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Politics BA (Hons) must be studied in combination with another course. The Joint combinations available are: 

History and Politics BA - VL12
Journalism and Politics BA - PL52
Politics and Sociology BA - LL23


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Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.


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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course Leader / Admissions Tutor

Luke Devine
01905 542763