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  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of political topics

    Our modules explore a number of pressing issues

Our modules

We offer a wide variety of modules, enabling you to either study a broad range of topics or specialise in the areas that interest you the most.

Every year we review our range of modules on offer to ensure what you are studying is up to date with the latest developments in the discipline.

Watch our film to find out more about our Year 1 optional module, Freedom.

Year 1

Core modules

In your first year you will take three core modules that will give you the strong foundation you need to succeed in your second and final years.

Optional modules

If you're on one of our single-honours degree courses, then you can take modules from other subjects, such as history and philosophy, or you could even learn a language.

There are three optional modules you can also choose from in your second year:

Year 2

Depending on which degree course you are studying, some of the following modules are compulsory while others are optional. You will find this information on our undergraduate degrees pages.


You will also have the option to study modules worth up to 20 credits in another subject. You may wish to study abroad during the second half of your second year. Find out more about studying abroad.

Year 3

In your final year, you will write a 10,000-word dissertation. It's an opportunity for you to choose a topic that fascinates you and study it in great depth.

You will also take four further modules. None of the third-year modules are compulsory, so you have a lot of flexibility to craft the course to suit your own interests. These modules are built around the research specialisms of our teaching staff and are taught in small-group seminars.

Core modules

Optional modules

As in Year 2, you can also take modules worth up to 20 credits in subjects other than politics and international relations.


Our optional modules are arranged on an annual basis and are subject to change. It is possible that a module may be modified in its content, suspended for a session, or discontinued. New modules may become available in any given year.

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