Some of the decisions that are made in governments and other institutions can have a huge effect on our lives, particularly now that we live in a truly globalised world. This course aims to give you an understanding of how those decisions are made, and encourages you to take an in-depth look at issues such as conflict resolution, democratisation and development, and systems of governance. We'll give you the opportunity to gain a critical understanding of political processes and institutions, focusing specifically on British politics. You could look at political parties, political leadership, policy-making and elections, as well as political philosophy and global political issues. Then, in your second and third years, you can choose from a range of specialist modules to gain a deeper understanding of the aspects of your subject that interest you the most. Today’s employers are looking for graduates who have transferable skills, such as the ability to put forward an argument and carry out in-depth research. We’ll provide you with the opportunity to understand the theory and apply it in the working environment, through an invaluable work placement in your second year. From working for an MP to helping at a non-governmental organisation (NGO), educational institution or media outlet, you’ll be given the chance to gain some practical experience in a professional setting. In your second year you’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad for a term. You’ll also have the chance to get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities. You could benefit from guest lecturers such as MPs and political figures, and engage in student-led debates. We also encourage students to get involved with the Student Politics Society to gain practical experience. The course could lead to a rewarding and exciting career in a range of sectors. Previous graduates have gone on to roles in operations, education, media, human resources, marketing, business development and finance.