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Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Politics
Student score
Not Available
% employed or in further study
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£21k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers

BTEC Diploma

in a relevant subject and an A level at grade B

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

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% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Politics at Brunel is ranked 6th in London (The Complete University Guide, 2018) About the course Who has political power? Why do they have it? To whom are they accountable? In whose interest do they exercise it? What is globalisation? Is violent protest ever justified? If these questions excite you and provoke another torrent of questions in turn, you’re looking in the right area for your degree course. Politics is a broad-based degree which provides an excellent foundation in the various aspects of the study of politics. It offers a grounding in the different approaches and theories, as well as a range of options that focus on European, American and international politics, and political change. For all the high level contacts and influence, our department is perhaps most importantly known for its friendly accessibility and the genuine sense of community between academics and students. In addition to our Politics, History and International Politics programmes we offer joint honours in the following areas giving you the chance to tailor your studies: Politics and History BSc, Politics and Sociology BSc and Politics and Economics BSc. Special features • You will have excellent access to some the best research facilities in the UK - Westminster and Whitehall are within easy reach. • You will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of several European universities and participate in an exchange programme in China. • We have good links with key political figures and institutions. • Our courses are designed and taught by experts in the fields of politics, international relations, social policy and contemporary history who have been nationally and internationally recognised for the excellence of their research. As well as 250 undergraduates, we have over 40 postgraduate and research students. Teaching and learning You will be taught mainly in lectures and seminars and assessed on a combination of coursework and exams. Most of your time will be spent in private study. At the end of your course you will produce a final dissertation on a subject of your choice. This is a major piece of work, undertaken with the support and supervision of a dissertation tutor. It’s a great opportunity to demonstrate your research and writing skills. Your choice of subject will be relevant to your course of study and may well relate to your future career plans. Employability Graduates from Brunel’s politics and history courses set off into the working world in diverse ways. Some go into politics and the civil service; some are at GCHQ and military intelligence; some work across the public and private sectors, in the NHS, international banks, business, consultancy, law, NGOs, the media; others are researchers, teachers and librarians. Opt for a sandwich degree and you’ll gain work experience to complement your academic studies in a way that is highly valued by employers.


<b> Typical modules in year 1: </b> <p> Research Design and Qualitative Methods in Politics; <p> Central Themes in Political Thought; <p> Introduction to American Politics; <p> Introduction to World Politics; <p> Modern British Politics Optional modules: <p> Capital, Labour and Power: Britain 1707–1939; <p> History, Memory and Culture in Europe since 1789<p> <b> Typical modules in year 2: </b> <p> Comparative Political Institutions; <p> Explaining Politics: Quantitative Political Science in Practice <p> <b> Optional modules: </b> Democracy and Democratisation; <p> US Foreign Policy from World War 2 to the end of the Cold War;<p> Issues in American Politics; <p>Political Geography; <p>The State and Revolution; <p>Theories of International Relations; <p>The History of Political Cinema; <p>The Holocaust <p> <b>Typical modules in year 3: </b> <p> European Union Politics: Problems and Prospects; <p> Dissertation <p> <b> Optional modules: </b> <p> Psychogeography; <p> Monstrosity in Political Thought and Literature, 1500–1900; <p> Globalisation and Governance; <p> Empire, Imperialism and Hegemony; <p> Media, Politics and Power in America; <p> Marx and Marxism; <p> Intelligence and National Security; <p> Fascism; <p> Parties and Voters in the UK; <p> Public Policy Analysis; <p> Parliamentary Studies; <p> The History and Politics of Heritage; <p> Crisis and Critique; <p> Rethinking Modern Europe: Borders, Nations and Identities since 1850. <p> <i> Please visit our website for full course details. </I>

Brunel University London

Main Concourse

Situated on the edge of London, Brunel University is a short journey from the vibrant capital, offering the perfect balance between cosmopolitan city living and a tight knit diverse community. The uni boasts well-known lecturers including Will Self, Benjamin Zephaniah and Fay Weldon. Brunel is home to world-class sports facilities, including one of the few 132m indoor sprint tracks in the country.

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
17% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
49% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
11% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
306 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
67% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
15% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% MED
Average graduate salary £21k HIGH
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Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.
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