According to Aristotle, humans are political animals. We only exist in and through political communities. How do we organise ourselves as communities? Who has power in these communities and how is it used? Do our communities lead us to ever greater forms of freedom and liberty or do we create the conditions for our own continued domination and subjection?
This course is dedicated to examining the most central and critical questions regarding our political world and its pasts and futures. It differs from other courses in its critical emphasis, wide range of module options, and smaller class sizes.
Ordinary citizens often feel disempowered because they find the political world confusing. By providing knowledge and understanding of how politics works, this course gives you the tools you need, as a citizen, to insist that elected representatives remain effectively accountable to you.
There is the opportunity to spend some or all of your second year studying abroad with excellent placement opportunities to boost your CV. Students who spend the whole of their second year studying at an Erasmus (European) university may qualify for a tuition fee waiver.
BA (Hons) Contemporary History and Politics student Nick talks about life at Salford.
As a politics student you will learn much more than how laws are made or how elections work. You will be taught a wide array of concepts and tools of research to make sense of the political and social world around you. Although a great many people today see the world that we live in as overwhelmingly complex, intimidating, and anarchic, the goal of this course is to enable you to understand and explain the political world.
As you progress through the course, you will develop and hone your knowledge and skills, gaining a firm foundation in politics and expanding and deepening your interests through a wide variety of module options and other opportunities. You will also develop your knowledge of history and international politics.
Your first year of study seeks to give you a grounding in understanding political behaviour and institutions; political theory; comparative political analysis; and international politics and history.
You will build on knowledge gained in your first year, and have the option to choose from a wide range of modules. You will take two core modules: Theories of Power and Domination and Researching in International Relations and Politics. The former expands your knowledge of political concepts and thinkers, and the latter prepares you for the dissertation in your third year. You can then choose four module options. You can spend one or two semesters studying abroad at one of our many partners in Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia. You can also opt to develop your language skills and take a language module as part of the University-wide Language Programme.
In the third year you will complete a dissertation on a political subject of your choice. This is your opportunity to develop your ideas and research a topic that you have selected. The dissertation counts as two modules. You also choose four from a range of module options, or take advantage of our placement opportunities (Westminster Parliamentary Placement or the Channel M Placement).
Channel M placement - Channel M is a terrestrial channel financed by Granada TV and the Manchester Evening News. It broadcasts to 600,000 homes in the Greater Manchester area. In this placement you will take up the role of researcher in production teams led by media students. You will undertake background research for your programme, and learn about television research and production through hands-on practice. You will present, edit and interview as part of your placement, learning valuable organisational skills in the process.
Westminster Parliamentary Placement - An exciting and unique opportunity to work with a Westminster MP in London. You will put your research and communication skills to work in a challenging setting that places you at the centre of British politics.
Part-time students complete the course of study in six years, allowing them two years to complete each level. At each level, you may choose which modules to study in each year. A total of three modules must be completed each year, with a minimum of one module per semester.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|UCAS tariff points||240-280 points|
|GCE A level||240-280 points. General studies accepted, history or politics desirable|
|BTEC National Diploma||MMM-DMM|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||240-280|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
The English language requirement for this course is an IELTS average score of 6 or above, and for each component, 5 or above. For further information check the international entry requirements for all our courses here: www.salford.ac.uk/international/entry_requirements/
We are looking for highly motivated students with a genuine interest in politics, who welcome new and challenging ideas. You should have good communication skills, be able to work with others as well as work independently, good writing skills and good time management as you will be doing a variety of tasks and have deadlines to meet.
You will benefit from a diverse range of teaching methods:
You will be assessed through a combination of exams and coursework such as essays, presentations and portfolios. Most modules incorporate some form of assessment as they progress in order to allow you to identify your strengths and weaknesses prior to undertaking your final exam or essay.
A typical selection of modules will result in assessment by:
Students have gone to a range of career paths that include elected office, education, the civil service, broadcast and print media, and non-governmental agencies. The skills our students develop make them flexible for all sorts of career options in the public and private sector.
Graduates from this course may progress to a number of career paths, and thanks to the transferable skills you develop as part of this degree, you have many options. Popular career destinations include:
This course is designed to support your personal development and skills to enhance your employability. You will learn to work to deadlines, write clearly and effectively, present your ideas in a professional style, develop vital research skills and methods of communication. These are all desirable and essential skills necessary for well-paid jobs.
Natalie Garforth, currently a third year student in Politics:
"What's great about the Salford Politics course is the high standard of teaching and expertise of the lecturers. They have a wide variety of backgrounds in the subject area, and so there is always someone there to help no matter what your query.
There are also some great opportunities set up for the course. A number of students have decided to go on a six month Westminster placement working alongside an MP and I am participating in a media based placement in my final year. These are just some of the many excellent advantages you can gain from the course if you wish to make yourself more desirable to prospective employers when you graduate."
You may be able to take part in the Parliamentary Placement Scheme, spending six months in the Westminster office of an MP. You may also take part in the Manchester Television Placement Scheme, where you spend two days per week undertaking research for a television programme on current politics for Channel M. You are also encouraged to attend seminars throughout the year, which give you the chance to meet with people from the industry.
The placements, guest speakers and seminars help you to understand how the industry works and informs your career path after leaving University.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
As a UK/EU student you could be entitled to:
As an International student you could be entitled to:
The Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship is currently available to international students who achieve ABB at A level (or equivalent).
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
six years part-time