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UCAS Code: Combined Honours only – see combinations tab|Duration: 3 years |Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
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Politics is a subject that encompasses a range of issues central to an understanding of contemporary society. Whether at a local, regional or national level, political decisions affect all citizens and are instrumental in shaping the future of the nation. At Liverpool Hope, we address an array of topics that allow us to explore the theory and practical application of politics. We look at local issues in Liverpool, the politics of the UK and the EU and consider broader theoretical concepts such as the historical evolution of democracy and how it is implemented in the world today.

Politics is a very dynamic and ever-changing subject. We actively encourage debate and discussion amongst our students, and aim to encourage a stronger awareness and appreciation of different points of view. The study of politics at Liverpool Hope does not just take place in the classroom and the library. We organise field trips to regional and national institutions and we support you to get involved with community engagement projects. We organise field trips to regional and national institutions and try to engage with politics as it evolves with elections, referendum and the processes of change.

Politics addresses the responsibilities of individuals and collective groups in society. It considers issues of citizenship, community and individualism, and examines how society can evolve to enhance individual sovereignty. You will be taught by staff who are experts in their field, and will help you to develop the skills you need to have a long and successful career in politics.


Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. You will also be encouraged to use the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle, and you have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week. You also have regular personal support sessions when you are engaged in your research activities in your final year. There are a number of fieldtrips throughout your studies to enhance your learning.

For the Politics part of your Combined Honours degree, in your first year of study there are approximately 6 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 5 teaching hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments that you may have. You are expected to spend an average of 40 hours per week devoted to your studies, including taught hours and independent work.


Assessments are varied and consist of a formal exams focusing on lecture topics, and a range of written coursework assignments. You will be given clear, generic and additional assessment criteria at the start of the degree and at appropriate points throughout your studies. In your final year, you will complete a special study or dissertation.

Assessment is regarded as an important aid to learning and the team recognises the importance of providing timely, high-quality, constructive written feedback to you that not only explains the strengths and weaknesses of the particular piece of work but which also makes clear what must be improved in future work. This also applies to exam scripts - feedback is given to you on a form and is discussed with you in the following autumn. Feedback is provided verbally to the whole year group where possible, to emphasise points of general relevance. You are also provided with individual written feedback and will have the opportunity either in class time or in office hours to discuss your work privately with the tutor.


Foundations of Politics

Your first year of study develops your understanding of key concepts and debates in politics and political analysis. You look at the major features of politics and political systems in the UK, Europe, the United States and beyond.

In your seminars and tutorials, you will be exploring the implications and application of political ideas and ideologies and evaluating the main political institutions (such as parliaments, parties and elections). You also examine the role of key political actors, including Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), interest groups and the media.

Skills for Study and Research

A key theme in the first year is developing skills and techniques needed for successful undergraduate study to help ensure that you reach your full potential. This includes essay writing workshops, research skills and delivering effective presentations.


Explorations in Democracy

This topic addresses the key theories and ideas underpinning modern representative democracies, its historical development in Europe and the Americas and the challenges it has faced in the past and today.

Democracy in Europe

You explore in depth the development of democracy in Europe and the European Union and the challenges posed by contemporary developments including economic crisis, migration and the rise of populism.

British Politics

You will look at key institutions and organisations of the British political system and how they function, as well as major issues in British politics today, including where does power really lie in our system of government? Is the system of representation fair? What are the implications of Brexit?


Your third year provides the opportunity to explore in depth some of the key areas of politics and political theory.

Politics in the United States

This topic looks at the evolution of American politics through the lens of core institutions and contemporary issues. Key policy challenges and dilemmas are explored, including changing demographics, gun control and the death penalty.

The Imperial Presidency

You study the development of the presidency as a central institution in American politics and foreign policy from Franklin Roosevelt’s reinvention of the office in the 1930s to the present day.

Political Theory

You engage directly with major works of key thinkers in the political theory canon and explore the shifting boundaries of this sub-discipline from a focus on the state, to the importance of culture, the structure of the economy and social relations.

Power and Politics

You are introduced to key debates and concepts in the analysis of power in political contexts and provides you with the tools with which to conduct your own analysis through discussion and case studies.

Research Element

You will do either a 10,000 word dissertation in conjunction with your other subject, or a 5,000 words special study on a political topic. You will receive guidance and individual support from an assigned tutor in the creation and completion of this work. You are expected to work, in the main, in an autonomous way on this work.


UCAS Tariff Points120-112. UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
Access to HE120 - 112 Tariff Points
Irish Leaving Certificate120 - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
Welsh BaccalaureateThis qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
Subject RequirementsNo specific subject requirements


Specific Country RequirementsSelect your country
IELTS6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5


Having studied Politics alongside a second subject, you will be in a position to shape your own areas of study and expertise. You will possess the academic knowledge and analytical skills you need to compete in the contemporary jobs market and will be equipped with a critical understanding of the key elements in Politics. In recent years, we have had students who have graduated and are now working with Members of Parliament, are engaged with think tank and pollster activity, and are working with large organisations such as Amazon.

Careers include the media, government, international organisations and policy work, as well as increasing demand from companies looking for skills such as conducting analysis, preparing reports, constructing arguments and making judgements. Many students also progress on to postgraduate Masters programmes and research degrees.



The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.

Study Abroad

As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.


The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.

If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.

The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.


On top of tuition fees, you also need to buy key textbooks, which we estimate to cost around £100. During your studies, there are a number of optional fieldtrips in Britain and Europe. You will be given plenty of notice about the cost of these trips.

You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation webpages for further details about our Halls of Residence.


We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.


The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.

Visit our International fees page for more information.

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Department of History and Politics
  • National and international fieldtrips to political institutions, including in recent years trips to Brussels, Berlin and Krakow
  • Taught by a team who are recognised experts in politics
  • Extensive programme of visiting speakers, overseas exchanges, and research seminars

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