According to many philosophers, past and present, human beings are political animals. Without even realising it, we exist in and through political communities. But how do we fit into these communities? And who has power within them? If you’re interested in exploring answers to these questions, consider applying for one of our politics courses in Clearing today.

Politics Courses Clearing Places

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Our politics Clearing courses offer a thorough grounding in contemporary politics and its theoretical context, preparing you for a range of careers in sectors including the civil service, media and non-governmental agencies. There are a range of modules enabling you to direct your studies in line with your specific interests, including war and conflict, political journalism and the history of socialism.

You will benefit from a variety of teaching methods throughout your studies, including lectures, seminars, workshops, debates and individual supervision, leading up to the submission of your final year dissertation. There is also the opportunity to spend some, or all, of your second year studying abroad in either Europe or the US – as well as the chance to apply for our parliamentary placement programme to boost your CV.

If you’re interested in a particular area of politics, there are a variety of degree programmes available to suit your individual area of interest. These pathways include BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics, BA (Hons) International Politics and Security, and BA (Hons) Contemporary History and Politics.

Explore Our Politics Degrees in Clearing

Our full range of politics courses in Clearing are listed below. Read on for more information about each course.

International Relations and Politics Courses

Our BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics course is designed to develop your understanding of key concepts in a structured manner, beginning with a foundational background in the history and theories of international relations and politics. As you progress into your second and third years, you will choose from a wide variety of module choices, along with the opportunity to take up a professional placement.

International Politics and Security

Our BA (Hons) International Politics and Security course address the nature of threats to security, and how states seek to manage and neutralise those threats. You will study theories of international politics alongside developments in security, from the 20th century to the present day.

Contemporary History and Politics Clearing Degrees

Our BA (Hons) History and Politics Clearing courses will not only enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of these subjects, but also key transferable skills that are vital to a vast range of career prospects. Students who graduate from this degree may progress to a number of career paths, with examples including working for international governments and institutions such as the EU, local government and political parties.

Natalie's story

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BA (Hons) Politics student, Natalie, tells us about the opportunities available to students on this course:

“There are 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.”

When does Clearing open?

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Clearing opens on Monday 5 July. To learn more about applying to Salford through Clearing, read our informative guide. You can also explore our full range of undergraduate courses – start your search today.