Politics BA (Hons)
This course is offered as a 3 year full-time course or a 6 year part-time course.
Do you want to learn more about government and society and the workings of political systems? Are you interested in the way people, institutions and ideas interact?
Our BA Politics degree pulls together existing teaching and research expertise on important issues surrounding the influence of power, governance, sovereignty, conflict, order, mediation, obligation, justice, accountability, legitimacy, security, and decision-making. Students who follow this programme will be introduced to interdisciplinary approaches to the discussions of theoretical, philosophical, institutional and issue-based concerns revolving around governance.
This courses seeks to help students understand the nature, meaning and impact of politics as a human activity. Students will learn to apply concepts, methods and theories used in the study of politics to analyse political ideas, practices and institutions in both historical and contemporary contexts
This course will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminar, tutorials and workshops. Assessment will involve a mixture of examinations, essays, written work, presentations and portfolios.
Supervisors and researchers here are supportive and knowledgeable, lectures are passionate and articulate. They love to help you with your research ideas and study.Yaxian Qiu
PhD in Criminology
What will you study on this course?
In the first year of your Politics degree you will choose from a selection of modules that are intended to provide a solid grounding in the subject area. In addition to modules focussing on the Principles of Politics, Modern Politics in Action, Introduction to Modern History and Doing Social and Political Research you will also choose two further modules from a list of available options, for example:
- Understanding Society
- Birth of Modern Europe
Years 2 & 3
You will taking more specialist modules and investigating themes and topics in greater depth. In addition to further developing your skills, you will also be introduced to more specialist approaches, theories and concepts.
You will take compulsory modules in Modern Ideas and Movements and Methods of Social and Political Research.
In addition you will select further modules from a extensive list of available options which may include:
- Race, Democracy and Political Ideology
- Issues in Equality
- Classical Social Theory
- Contemporary Social and Political Debates
- Criminological Theory
- Sex and Society
- World Poverty and Inequality
- Identity and Diversity
- Crime and Justice in Modern Britain
- Crime and the Media
- Political Philosophy
- God and Government
- Political Philosophy
- Issues in Housing
- Theorizing Society and Politics Today
- Globalisation and Social Change
- Crime and Punishment
- Perspectives on Youth Crime
- Global Health and Social Care
- Gender Perspectives
- Policing and Society
- Crime and Power
- Nationalism in UK 1916-1997
- Politics and Culture in the 1960s
- Work placement module
In Year 3 you will also complete a dissertation – a research project on a topic of particular interest to you.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Politics Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
This course will prepare students for a range of employment options – especially in fields which require skills of communication, analyzing large quantities of information, and understanding issues of governance and society.
Those choosing to take advantage of the work placement opportunities (e.g. work placement module, or a placement year) will gain hands on experience and an insight into work opportunities within the broader field. opportunities may include e.g. local government, charities, schools, museums and archival repositories.
Possible future career options may include local and/or national government, teaching, management and administration. This course will also be an excellent foundation prior to further postgraduate study, such as a Masters degrees in politics.
Employability and Social Sciences degrees
Employers today need analytical and lateral thinkers who can play a part in almost any working environment. As a result, the breadth and flexibility of a social science degree makes it attractive to almost any employer. Our graduates have followed a wide range of career paths.
Criminology and Criminal Justice
There are a wide range of options open to students following graduation and these include careers in social work, the police force, the probation service, the prison service and the legal profession.
Social Policy graduates enter a wide range of occupations within the policy field including public housing, social work, local government administration and the voluntary sector.
Sociology graduates enter a wide range of occupations including management, journalism, public relations, social work, personnel, teaching and research.
Most newly qualified social workers will be employed in local authority social services departments. These are increasing opportunities within the independent sector. The demand for professionally qualified social workers is a very high and employment prospects are extremely good following graduation.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)
The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.
The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.
The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.
Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.
Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.
Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.
The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.
TARGETconnect - Working while you StudyThe Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.
- Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
- Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
- Work experience / internships
- Voluntary opportunities
TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:
Typical offer is based on a minimum 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.
- A Levels (History preferred but not required)
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical / Extended Diploma: considered on a case-by-case basis
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
- Access: Pass
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
*For full details go to our website and for a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com
IELTS 6.0 (with no element below 5.5)
General University entry requirements
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.
Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.
EU and International students' entry requirements
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants
E-mail for General Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717
International students (non-UCAS applicants)
Email to International Admissions: email@example.com or write to
Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028
- Full time: £9,000 per year
- Part time: £750 per 10 credits
When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for guest tickets (£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
How to apply for Undergraduate programmes
You can apply to study at Bangor directly by using the online application form or through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.)
Option 1 – Applying directly to Bangor
- Read through the Guidance Notes before you begin the online application form
Once you have read the guidance notes...
- Visit the online application system and create a login id and password.
Need help applying?
If you need any assitance in completing your application, contact the International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Option 2- Applying to study at Bangor through UCAS
UCAS is an online application system allowing students to apply for up to five courses in the UK through one application. You can apply for more than one programme at a specific university, for example you could apply to study BA Psychology and BSc Psychology with Clinical and Health Psychology at Bangor. Find out more about how to apply to Bangor University through UCAS
If you have applied through UCAS already then you may wish to visit the International Student pages of UCAS website for further information.
Why study Social Sciences?
- Students from countries worldwide study Social Sciences degrees at Bangor - for undergraduate, masters and research training, creating a dynamic learning environment.
- Our staff undertake research of national and international reputation and have written major text books and articles published in top academic journals.
- We aim to provide a friendly, supportive and stimulating learning environment, supplemented by contributions from practitioners in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.
- Undergraduate degree structure is flexible enough to offer a range of specialisms and breadth of choice.
- We have a long history of high quality social work education and a long-standing, strong and effective partnership with social service agencies in north Wales.
- Under our personal tutor scheme, a member of lecturing staff will monitor the student’s academic progress and will offer help, advice and support on an individual basis.
Studying at Bangor
Rated Gold for teaching
We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.
A top 10 university
The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.
Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK
Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.
Award-winning clubs and societies!
Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019.
Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.
Bangor is the most affordable place in the UK to be a student (TotalMoney 2019).
Investment in facilities
Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.
Guaranteed accommodation in award-winning halls of residence
We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation has been named the best in the UK at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.
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