Politics BA (Hons)


Course Code

UCAS Code: L200
International Code: AHU045


Coventry University (Coventry)


Study mode



3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Start date

September 2022
January 2023

Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate

Interested in how countries are governed and decisions made? A degree in Politics can help you to refine your power of judgment and your critical thinking.

  • Politics is a broad discipline, concerned with governance, power, authority, citizenship and conflict resolution. Throughout your degree, the course covers political concepts around these issues and more, comparing your own government, its policies and decisions, with those of others around the world.
  • Politics should appeal to you if you have an interest in power, government, policy making, social movements or debating ideas. It also concerns wars and conflict resolution, the impact of globalisation and world events. The course includes a range of modules on British, American, European, African and Middle Eastern politics.
  • There are opportunities and modules throughout the course dedicated to developing your professional career*. Being able to practically apply what you have learnt is a vital aspect of the course, so there are opportunities to develop your skills needed for employment.
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Global Ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

The Politics course at Coventry University is a vibrant, modern course that addresses many current political questions to help you understand the complex world we live in.

The course offers the following benefits:

  • Academic staff who are actively engaged in high-quality research that informs their teaching.
  • Events and conferences featuring national and international politicians and dignitaries (subject to availability and additional costs).
  • An exciting and modern course that examines the key political issues of the modern world.
  • Multidisciplinary teaching with experts from national and international politics, history, global security and social theory.
  • An intellectually challenging course that encourages you to sharpen your analytical skills and engage with issues of vital concern for today’s world.
  • You will have an opportunity to focus on specific themes such as North American, European and African politics, social movements or global security as you progress through your course.
  • You will have an opportunity to apply for an international experience with international staff, an international curriculum and the options of an overseas field trip, and / or study abroad or overseas placement (subject to availability, competitive application, meeting visa requirements and additional costs).
  • The opportunity to develop advanced professional skills such as the ability to think independently and creatively, to advance sophisticated arguments and to communicate ideas confidently as enquired by potential employers.

Find out more about our range of history, politics and international relations courses.

More than just a degree

The course focuses deeply on ideology, how this is implemented and an emphasis on international politics. There is also an opportunity to study abroad - which is a key aspect of advancing your learning.

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What you'll study

Our course covers the history of modern political thought, comparative government and mass politics in modern Britain. You can also choose to study specialist areas like gender politics, international relations, comparative or country-specific politics in the Middle East, Africa, USA or Europe.

Your first year sets the foundation for the study of politics, at both country-specific and global levels.


  • This module aims to provide you with an introduction to the study of political institutions and behaviour post WW2. It examines the theories associated with political systems and institutions that form the framework for political life and assesses the extent to which these match the reality of practice.

    The aim is to facilitate the transition of students from pre-university level study and provide preparation and support for academic study at degree level. The module aims to introduce students to using raw data and statistical sources to support the construction of a reasoned argument.


    Assessment: coursework

  • This module aims to introduce you to some of the key concepts in the study of politics. It introduces you to using those concepts to gain an insight into the working of modern political systems and an understanding of the ideas and theories underlying contemporary political structures, movements and debates.


    Assessment: coursework, exam

  • The module looks at the major developments in world politics since the end of the Second World War. It examines major themes of post-war international politics, such as the dominant relationship between the superpowers, the consequences of decolonisation, the emergence of the 'Third World', the spread of revolutionary wars, the development of European integration and the spread and final collapse of communism and its effect on world politics in the end of the Cold War.


    Assessment: coursework, exam

  • The aim of this module is to analyse the transformation of Britain during the period of transition from late Victorian Imperialism, with its emphasis on individualism and self-help, to the creation of the welfare state. The main themes considered are state-society relations and the effect of social, political and economic change upon the people of Britain. The module will also provide an introduction to the important political and social developments which took place between 1900 and 1951 in the formation of modern Britain.


    Assessment: coursework

  • The aim of this module is to:

    • Introduce the concept of social policy and the welfare state.
    • Examine the development of the welfare state in Britain.
    • Compare theories, ideologies and principles of welfare: liberalism, social democracy, conservatism, New Labour, radical critiques (Marxism, feminism etc).
    • Present the debates, theories and perspectives, and evaluate the policies associated with a range of social issues including inequality, social exclusion, and education.
    • Conduct a comparative analysis of welfare states.


    Assessment: coursework

In your second year, you will examine a range of topics that should deepen and broaden your understanding of political systems, political ideas, international relations and key world events.

In addition to the compulsory modules, you will have the opportunity to choose from one of three optional modules. 


  • This module focuses on the rise of Far-Right political parties in West European countries. It aims to give students an understanding of the characteristics and values of these parties that place them under the umbrella term of the ‘Far Right’. The focus will be on the different explanations put forwards for their success or failure to acquire electoral support, their influence on the behaviour of mainstream political parties and politics in general in the case study countries.


    Assessment: coursework

  • This module focuses on politics and the State in different countries and continents. It aims to give you an understanding of different concepts of the State and introduce you to a number of key political issues in developed and developing countries today. The first sessions introduce the concepts underlying the module. Further sessions cover how the concepts may be applied to five case study countries (such as France, Spain, Kenya, USA, Egypt and Zimbabwe).


    Assessment: coursework, exam

  • The module will examine the ideas and theories of major political thinkers in a chronological sequence - from the Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century - and with attention to their historical - both intellectual and political - contexts. At the same time, modern political thought will be presented throughout as involving the critical study of political values and of the key concepts used in political argument and debate.


    Assessment: coursework, exam

  • This module aims to introduce and analyse the system of government in Britain, with special emphasis on assessing whether these institutions are appropriate for British society in the twenty-first century. Key institutions (such as the Constitution, Parliament, the Cabinet, the judiciary, and the Devolved Administrations) will be examined to show their role in the British political system.


    Assessment: coursework, exam

  • This module aims to introduce you to the concept of a graduate career. It provides you with a knowledge and understanding of the graduate employment process and helps you to organise placements and work experience to enhance your employability. It aims to develop your professional competencies, helping you move from undergraduate study to the graduate labour market. To achieve this, you will engage in a series of workshops and a process of self-reflection, developing market intelligence to produce an individual and tailored action plan, and a professional CV.


    Assessment: coursework

  • You will also be able to take an Add+vantage module which can allow you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that doesn’t have to be related to your degree. The assessment type will depend on the type of Add+vantage module you wish to take.


    Assessment: coursework, exam

  • This module aims to familiarise students with a number of key theories and methodologies relating to the study of contemporary global security and to relate these to a broad range of specific issues on the contemporary security agenda.


    Assessment: coursework, exam

  • The aim of this module is to provide an outline history of the United States from Contact to the end of the twentieth century. The themes of this module are: political change and institutions; key leaders; war and diplomacy; economic and social development. Although the module’s focus is the history of the United States, it will also consider the histories of Canada and Mexico.


  • This module explores the relationship between sex and sexuality, and legal, political and moral definitions of crime and deviance. It examines the issues of sexual violence from the perspective of both victim and perpetrator, sexuality and social control (e.g. prostitution, pornography and same sex relationships). The module draws on a range of theoretical and historical perspectives. The relationship between the public and the private is a central focus throughout.


    Assessment: coursework

After your second year, you have an opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement*.


  • Optional

  • Optional

In your final year you will consolidate your knowledge by studying US politics, European politics, Middle East politics, political ideologies and write a dissertation on a topic of your own choice.

In addition to the compulsory modules, you will have the opportunity to choose from two of six optional modules. 


  • You are introduced to key debates in theories of nationalism and democratisation as well as particular events. You will look at case study countries where this clash of norms has been playing out since the collapse of Communism, with particular reference to the on-going process of European integration.


  • This module examines the major political ideologies of the twentieth century in Britain, Europe, North America and the Third World. It aims to illustrate the political effect of these ideological currents on political parties, movements and the policies and legislation of particular governments.


  • This module is designed to enable you to develop, enhance and put into practice the research skills you acquired in your previous years of study. It encourages you to use the research skills involved in gathering and interpreting knowledge and analyse a subject of your own choosing in depth, within the context of their programme of study. You should also develop your time-management and independent learning skills.


    Assessment: coursework

  • You will also be able to take an Add+vantage module which can allow you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that doesn’t have to be related to your degree. The assessment type will depend on the type of Add+vantage module you wish to take.


    Assessment: coursework, exam

  • This module aims to introduce you to the contemporary history, politics and international relations of the Middle East since 1948. It examines the process of European decolonisation since the 1940s, the rise of Zionism and national independence movements, including Zionism, Nasserism and Ba’athism and focuses on the emergence of the Palestinian question from 1948 to the present.


    Assessment: coursework, exam

  • The aim of the module is to examine in detail a number of major themes and developments in post-1945 US foreign policy. These are examined both for their intrinsic importance and interest, and for the light they throw on the foreign policy making process in the US system and on the development of the international system.


    Assessment: coursework

  • The aim of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to examine the different natures of the far right in Britain and France. In France this will include the ideological legacy of the 1789 revolution to the contemporary status of the French Front National. In the United Kingdom, we will examine the BUF, National Front, British National Party and new organisations on the far right.


    Assessment: coursework

  • This module seeks to highlight the system of government in the United States. It places special emphasis on assessing the political institutions that have evolved from the US constitution, and analysing whether these institutions are appropriate for American society in the twenty-first century.


    Assessment: coursework, presentation

  • Is the global economic and political system is in the process of a fundamental ‘power shift’ from West to East? China is frequently referred to as the coming Superpower of the 21st Century. This module sets out to explore China’s domestic political institutions and political culture; deconstruct the country’s regional and global foreign relations; and define the military and non-military security challenges for the regional and global systems.


    Assessment: coursework, exam

  • This module aims to give you the opportunity to address and explore issues and themes in history, international relations, sociology, politics and linked disciplines, in a non-UK setting. A number of issues, depending on the specific degree studied, will be analysed in the study location. For example, on a study trip to Sicily, issues in history would include the origins and development of Italian organised criminal organisations, themes in politics would include the relationship between politics and the mafia, topics in sociology would include the study of women and various mafia groupings and transnational organised crime.


    Assessment: coursework, presentation

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

How you'll learn

Politics students will address and debate a wide range of intellectually challenging and topical questions such as: What is good and bad government? How do different political systems work? What is power and how is it used? Does ideology matter? What is democracy and human rights? Is the US a declining world power? Why is peace failing in the Middle East?

Your course is based on a series of interactive lectures, with associated seminars and workshop classes.

In addition, your personal tutor reviews and discusses your progress with you and will be available for regular one-to-one advice.

In a typical teaching week, you have up to 12 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This includes:

  • Personal tutorial/small-group teaching.
  • Medium-group teaching: practical classes, workshops or seminars.
  • Large-group teaching: mainly in the form of lectures.


This course is assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods have previously included coursework, podcasts, posters presentations and examinations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Job ready

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: influential ideas, events, institutions, processes and policies in contemporary politics and government; the origins and character of the contemporary international system and the nature of world politics; differing approaches to, and key issues of debate in 21st century politics 
  • Analyse and address managerial problems, take decisions and identify appropriate solutions in a creative and constructive manner 
  • Locate a range of information sources, to gather and marshal relevant evidence successfully   
  • Conduct independent research using primary and secondary sources relevant to the topic under study. 
  • Construct fair, coherent and convincing arguments utilising the relevant key concepts and approaches in the relevant disciplines 
  • Work independently with confidence and reflect upon the process of learning 
  • Work within a group, to negotiate, to learn from others and to lead an activity 
  • Manage time effectively, set objectives and evaluate the performance of oneself and others.

International experience opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in an overseas study trip, or a full year abroad*.

The course has current links with a variety of institutions such as the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) in Berlin, Science Po in Bordeaux, the University of Heidelberg in Germany and the University of Lund in Sweden where you can enrich your student experience.

If you do not speak a foreign language, we can arrange a study year at an institution where courses are taught in English. In the past, students on the course have spent time at the anti-mafia organisations Addio Pizzo and Libera in Sicily.

Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2022 entry.

Requirement What we're looking for
A level BBC
GCSE Minimum 5 GCSE's graded 9-4 / A* - C including English
IB Diploma 29 points

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Are you eligible for the Fair Access Scheme?

We believe every student should have the opportunity to dream big, reach their potential and succeed, regardless of their background.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

You may be required to submit a portfolio/show-reel/written work (as appropriate for the particular course) and you may be asked to attend an interview if it is practical to arrange.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 Tuition fees

Student Full time Part time
UK £9,250 per year Not available
International £15,300 per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.


The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is joining two of our school’s completely refurbished Art and Design buildings and adding a range of new facilities, set to open later in 2022. These will include a hyper studio designed for cross-disciplinary projects; immersive studios with cutting-edge virtual reality and mixed-reality technologies. Our aim is to offer you sector-leading facilities in a unique environment.

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The library offers a team of dedicated academic liaison librarians who provide specialist help and support. You’ll also have access to subject specific databases of journal articles related to criminology and forensics.

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Academic support

No matter which degree you’re studying, you’ll find a lot of support on campus, including the Centre of Academic Writing and sigma, which offers mathematics and statistics support.

Careers and opportunities

The course can enable you to choose from a variety of different career pathways that meet your particular interests.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and aims to give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university's Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Some of our previous students have secured graduate-level jobs in the Civil Service, international organisations, local government, the media, private sector companies, the culture industry, further and higher education teaching and non-government organisations (NGOs).

Further study

You can choose to continue your studies at Coventry University with the International Relations MA and Politics MA. You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

How to apply

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  • Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2021/22 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

    Tuition fees

    The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

    For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.


    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery. 


    Facilities mentioned on this page may not be relevant for every course. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Placements and study abroad opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

    Additional costs

    This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).