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.
Politics is a broad-based degree which provides an excellent foundation in the various aspects of the study of politics. It offers a grounding in the different approaches and theories, as well as a range of options that focus on European, American and international politics, and political change.
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 History BSc, Politics and Sociology BSc and Politics and Economics BSc.
• You will have excellent access to some 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.
• We have good links with key political figures and institutions.
• Our courses are designed and taught by experts in the fields of politics, international relations, social policy and contemporary history who have been nationally and internationally recognised for the excellence of their research. As well as 250 undergraduates, we have over 40 postgraduate and research students.
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.
Graduates from Brunel’s politics and history courses set off into the working world in diverse ways. Some go into politics and the civil service; some are at GCHQ and military intelligence; some work across the public and private sectors, in the NHS, international banks, business, consultancy, law, NGOs, the media; others are researchers, teachers and librarians.
On this sandwich degree you’ll gain work experience to complement your academic studies in a way that is highly valued by employers.