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BA (Hons) 4 years full-time, sandwich, abroad 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

75%

Subjects
  • Politics
Student score
87% HIGH
% employed or in further study
99% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£20k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

Scottish Highers
AAAB-AABB

Scottish Advanced Highers
AAAB-AABB

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

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.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

75%

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

£9,250

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

You acquire a thorough training in all areas of major political science. Our rigorous and challenging teaching inspires you to push the boundaries of knowledge. Whatever the political questions that interest you, you go beyond simply arguing about them, instead seeking the evidence needed to answer them. In your first year you undertake a comprehensive overview of democratic politics and choose from an impressive range of optional modules. You develop your research skills and critically examine the political visions offered by political writers over the centuries. In your final year you choose modules that interest you most. Through our Q-Step Affiliate Status, we offer you the opportunity to develop your quantitative skills by taking a specialised degree pathway or receiving a student bursary to go on a quantitative work placement. Q-Step is funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

Modules

Year 1: introduction to politics; democracy: forms and futures; conceptual foundations of politics; politics and power; scientific reasoning for the social sciences; comparative political analysis; politics and economic policies; institutions of democracy. Year 2: political analysis; international relations: theories and approaches; politics and economic policies; political behaviour; principles of social justice; institutions of democracy; political development in Asia; ethics and public policy. Year 3: placement year. Year 4 : mass media and democracy; analysis of conflict and peace; international negotiation; quantitative political analysis; political economy.

University of Essex

Colchester Campus

We are Essex: home to the daring and the tenacious, a place for the ambitious and the bold. We're a close-knit, supportive and welcoming community, with a powerful and pioneering global outlook.
 
Here you’re taught by world-leading academics in a supportive and research-intense environment. We have been ranked as gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (2017) which means we deliver an excellent educational experience. Our trailblazing research continues to change the world for the better and we’re placed in the top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), in the top 5 for social science, and are consistently housing the highest-rated politics department in the country.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
14%
86%

Year 1

1%
99%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

100%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
100%

Year 1

6%
94%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

2%
98%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 96%
Student score 87% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

95%

Staff made the subject interesting

86%

Library resources are satisfactory

93%

Feedback on work has been helpful

74%

Feedback on work has been prompt

67%

Staff are good at explaining things

96%

Received sufficient advice and support

80%

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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
49% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
51% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
333 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
83% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
10% 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 99% HIGH
Average graduate salary £20k MED
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

10%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

6%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

5%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Other popular industries include marketing and PR, management consultancy, youth and community work, the finance industry and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in six politics graduates go on to take another course to get a Masters after they finish their degrees.
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