You acquire a thorough grounding in the concepts and principles that underpin public policy and public life. Our rigorous and challenging teaching inspires you to push the boundaries of knowledge. Whatever the political questions that interest you, you go beyond simply arguing about them, instead seeking the evidence needed to answer them. You consider the way language, rhetoric and ideology influence the character of public institutions and discourses, including debates over how best to govern. Students apply to organisations to secure a work placement but we will help with this process, prepare them for their work placement and support them whilst there. Throughout the year, students will complete assignments to demonstrate the academic benefits of their placement.Through our Q-Step Affiliate Status, we offer you the opportunity to develop your quantitative skills by taking a specialised degree pathway or receiving a student bursary to go on a quantitative work placement. Q-Step is funded by the Nuffield Foundation.