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Expose the link between people and political power. Our politics degree helps you make sense of an ever-changing world, understand the facts and use them to form coherent, compelling arguments about what’s going on in our times.
You’ll grapple with some of the most pressing issues of the modern era, such as:
- nationalism and populism
- regional politics, e.g. Russia, South Africa, and Europe
- conflict and peacebuilding
- gender equality and racial justice.
And you’ll be joining a community where those around you are socially, politically, and environmentally conscious and active.
As this is a joint honours degree, you can study it alongside another discipline of your choice and explore how they overlap. You may combine politics with:
- Communication, Media and Culture
Why Oxford Brookes University?
The heart of politics
From colonialism to refugee action, Oxford is at the epicentre of modern political debate.
Our classes are small, meaning you’ll receive the attention and guidance you need.
Develop good working relationships with your tutors – many of whom are active researchers.
The course deals with contemporary political and social issues, like rising nationalism and tensions in Eastern Europe.
We don’t just assess you with coursework and essays – you’ll get involved with NGO briefings, peace negotiation simulations and reflective diaries.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
In Year 1, you’ll discover the essentials of modern political issues. By exploring a broad range of political systems and ideologies, you’ll develop skills essential for success in your future career.
During your second year, you’ll debate the great issues of contemporary politics. You’ll sharpen your analytical and debating techniques, mould critical perspectives and turn facts and opinions into a clear, persuasive argument. The optional placement lets you get experience in the working world, boosting your job prospects.
In your third year, you have the opportunity to complete a dissertation on an aspect of politics, your other subject or a combination of both. This is a fascinating opportunity to see how your two disciplines inform each other. Optional modules let you explore specialist political topics.
Learning and teaching
Our teaching staff are active researchers and their research directly informs your learning.
Our teaching methods include:
- role play exercises
- group work
- video presentations
- placement learning
- individual tutorials
- lectures and seminars.
You can attend our Centre for Global Politics, Economy and Society seminars, where speakers from other universities discuss their research.
We host our ‘Politics at Work’ seminar series for those interested in a career in international development / humanitarian aid.
We assess you with coursework and examinations. Coursework includes:
- group projects
- field trips
- role play
- individual and group seminar presentations.
We assess some modules through an examination, and others solely through your work during the semester.
The skills you pick up on this course will come in useful in a variety of settings. This includes government, law, journalism, trade unions, publishing, management, and social work. Or you may look to work with MPs or within political parties.
Our graduates can be found working with:
- The Civil Service Fast Track Programme
- Oxford University Press
- Hestia (charity supporting those who experience domestic abuse)
- The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.
Our Life After Uni events let you network and have discussions with industry professionals. At our past events, there have been speakers from:
- Humanity and Inclusion
- Right to Play
- Humanitarian Academy for Development
- The Department for Education
You can also pursue postgraduate study, where you can research an aspect of politics you’re fascinated with on a deeper level. We have masters’ degrees in International Relations and International Security. The former is also available as a distance learning course.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
Pathways courses for international and EU students
If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.
If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
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Questions about fees?
Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
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It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
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Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.