Sociology at Brunel is ranked 1st in London (The Guardian University Guide 2018)
Politics at Brunel is ranked 6th in London (The Complete University Guide 2018)
About the course
Who has political power? Why do they have it? To whom are they accountable? In whose interest do they exercise it? What is globalisation? Is violent protest ever justified? If these questions excite you and provoke another torrent of questions in turn, you’re looking in the right area for your degree course.
Study Politics together with Sociology and you’ll take an innovative, contemporary degree course that provides an original combination of advanced study in both disciplines. You will take core modules in political science methods, British politics and EU politics, political theory, comparative politics and democratisation, with the option of more specialised options in Years 2 and 3. You’ll also study challenging sociology topics such as individual and social processes, research methods for social sciences, and social theory, culture and modernity.
For all the high level contacts and influence, our department is perhaps most importantly known for its friendly accessibility and the genuine sense of community between academics and students.
In addition to our Politics, History and International Politics programmes we offer joint honours in the following areas giving you the chance to tailor your studies: Politics and Economics BSc and Politics and History BSc.
• Our courses are designed and taught by nationally and internationally recognised experts in the fields of politics, international relations, social policy and contemporary history.
• You will have an excellent access to some of the best research facilities in the UK - Westminster and Whitehall are within easy reach.
• You will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of several European universities and participate in an exchange programme in China.
• Students are encouraged to take advantage of the university’s exchange scheme with the State University of New York at Brockport (which includes the opportunity to do a work placement in Washington or Albany). You may also be able to study at those EU universities with whom we have partnerships in the Socrates programme (eg Rennes, Stuttgart and Helsinki).
Teaching and learning
You will be taught mainly in lectures and seminars and assessed on a combination of coursework and exams. Most of your time will be spent in private study.
At the end of your course you will produce a final dissertation on a subject of your choice. This is a major piece of work, undertaken with the support and supervision of a dissertation tutor. It’s a great opportunity to demonstrate your research and writing skills. Your choice of subject will be relevant to your course of study and may well relate to your future career plans.
Past students have gone on to further training in law, accountancy, personnel management and other graduate degrees. They have joined the Civil Service, have gone into publishing, journalism and the media including BBC Radio and Granada Television, have entered major financial and accountancy firms such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Lloyds Bowmaker Finance Group, and have entered the fields of management and marketing with firms such as Ford, Metal Box and Rank Xerox.
Politics students benefit from excellent career prospects – graduates have gone on to become politicians , have joined local and national government organisations, or work in the private sector.
Sociologists are in increasing demand in many sectors in social welfare and policy, in local government and administration (including lobbying, campaigning and fundraising), in medicine, in education and research, and in industry.