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What makes the study of Politics at Worcester special?

Studying a degree “with Politics” at Worcester offers you the chance to enhance your subject knowledge whilst contextualising it within contemporary Westminster, European and global politics. Politics is embedded within these courses and will not only help you to engage with contemporary political challenges, but will allow you to develop graduate employability attributes through our work placements with local political parties and MPs. Each of these courses will provide innovative modules that are taught by specialists in a supportive and encouraging environment: 

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • A personalised learning journey, choice of modules, skills development and personal and academic tutoring based as much on your career as your studies
  • A multi-disciplinary and flexible degree tailored around your specific interests and designed to provide you with adaptable employability skills
  • Mandatory modules at each level of your study to help you develop subject knowledge in Westminster, European and global politics
  • Innovative and cutting-edge modules delivered by practitioners working in their specialist fields through research-inspired and practitioner-based teaching
  • Specialist careers advice, volunteering and work-based learning opportunities in local museums, archives, and with political parties in local constituencies and Parliament
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

History with Politics             104 UCAS Points

Law with Politics                  120 UCAS Points

Psychology with Politics      112 UCAS Point

Sociology with Politics         104 UCAS Points

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS Website.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative.

At each level of your course, our mandatory modules will enhance your subject knowledge of Westminster, European and global politics. In the process, you will learn about the historical and philosophical underpinnings of contemporary politics. Moreover, we will ask you to think about contemporary political challenges in the context of your primary mode of study, whether Law, Psychology, History or Sociology.  

Politics Modules in Year 1:

  • Westminster Politics

Politics Modules in Year 2:

  • European Politics

Politics Modules in Year 3:

  • Global Politics

Linda Lukangu - Politics student

The politics classes are quite small, so it’s easy to get your voice heard and you really get to know your lecturer and your classmates. The classes are usually divided into a lecture about a specific subject and the second half is more about discussions and group work where you can develop your critical thinking.

I would definitely recommend the university. It's the right size with loads of greenery and a good sized town centre only walking distance away. The university also offers loads of assistance for those who need it so you never feel alone and the course selection is so big, everyone is guaranteed to find something they are interested in

Hannah Carstairs - Politics student

Politics is such a vast subject covering topics of history, sociology, ethics and a little philosophy. It helps you to gain a clear understanding of the world around you and I have really enjoyed how the course focuses on contemporary political issues rather than just ideologies. The lecturers use a variety of interactive media to engage students and help you find interesting research. Studying politics has assisted me to fine tune the skills I will need to seek a career in teaching and writing. I will take what I have learnt on this course into my Masters.

I would highly recommend the university to others. The lecturers on my course have been incredibly supportive and understanding allowing me to take the course at my own pace.

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.

Meet The Team

Dr Luke Devine

Luke is currently co-Course Leader for Sociology and Course Leader for Politics

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Bill Davies

Bill Davies is the founding Head of the School of Law, which formally opened at the University of Worcester in 2016. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Law School, and for its students and staff.

A commercial lawyer, Bill also teaches on the LLB and contributes to the School of Law’s extensive employability and extracurricular activities programmes.

Dr Paddy McNally


Paddy McNally's teaching and research interests are focused on Irish history from 1690 until 1848, German history from 1870 to 1945, and the history of political thought. He is author of the book, Parties, Patriots and Undertakers. Parliamentary politics in early Hanoverian Ireland and numerous articles on eighteenth-century Irish history. He is currently writing From the Boyne to the Famine. A thematic history of Ireland, 1690-1848, to be published by Routledge. He teaches specialist modules on Irish history 1690-1848, German history 1870-1945, and Nationalism. He has successfully supervised PhD and MPhil students to completion and welcomes expressions of interest from prospective postgraduate researchers in most aspects of British and Irish history from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth centuries.

Helen McEwan

Dr Helen McEwan

Helen is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and co-lead of Undergraduate Psychology Courses in School Psychology at the University of Worcester. She teaches and adopts a mixed methods research approach, currently leading the Investigating Psychology, and Mental Health & Mental Illnesses undergraduate modules.

Dr Linda Price

Dr Linda Price

Linda has research interests across Rural Sociology, particularly around historical connections between the country and the city with topics such as Access to the Countryside; suicide in farming families, embodiment, gender and historical changes in rural communities.

Linda has published widely, presents at international conferences and draws on her research in her teaching often connecting the country and the city on topics such as Health and Well Being,  Poverty, Housing and Domestic Violence.  Linda teaches across the curriculum, has developed models of personal development planning.

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Where could it take you?

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Costs

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 the academic year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

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International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £13,100 per year.

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Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2021/22 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 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.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £108 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £184 per week (2021/22 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Studying a degree "with Politics" at Worcester offers you the chance to enhance your subject specific knowledge whilst contextualising it within the contemporary systems and philosophies of Westminster, Europe and the world. Politics is embedded within these courses, which provide innovative modules, taught by specialists in a supportive and encouraging environment:

Get in touch

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

Dr Luke Devine

Course Leader and Admissions Tutor