Politics is all around us, shaping our world as well as our everyday lives.
This course will give you insight, knowledge and understanding of the role politics plays at local, national and global levels. The programme benefits from the national and international expertise and background of the members of the teaching team and our local and international networks, whose expertise and knowledge are embedded within the curriculum.
We offer a research-informed curriculum that provides both the practical tools and the theoretical knowledge to understand a wide range of political issues and respond to the current social, political and economic challenges. Choose from module options within the field of public policy, political analysis and political theory including Environmental Politics, Health Politics, Global Comparative Politics, British Government and Political Thought. The curriculum contains a wide variety of learning and assessment methods designed to suit different student styles and capabilities, and to enhance students’ transferable and professional skills.
- Benefit from opportunities to engage in debates, attend conferences and learn from guest speakers. Previous Politics students have had national and international opportunities such as presenting at the United Nations headquarters in New York and engaging with local stakeholders.
- Our DMU Works careers programme can help you get work-ready through placement opportunities with local, national and global companies. Students have landed placement roles at the House of Commons, Welsh Assembly, GlaxoSmithKline, Rolls-Royce and local governments and communities.
- We are the only university in the UK to hold both ‘Congress to Campus’ and ‘European Parliament to Campus’ events, which see prominent political figures visit DMU to enhance your learning experience.
- Add an extra dimension to your studies through our DMU Global international experience scheme. Politics students have recently been on study-related trips to Hong Kong, Brussels and Washington, D.C.
Structure and assessment
Teaching and assessment
You will be taught by a team whose work has achieved top scores in quality assessment exercises and by individuals who have National Teaching Fellow Status in recognition of their outstanding teaching. We are also active researchers and share our current work with you.
We use a variety of formats in our classes. In the first two years you attend weekly hour-long lectures and seminars in which you discuss the issues raised in lectures. In the third year teaching is in a two-hour workshop format where you often get to decide on the topics that are debated.
Throughout the course you will read around the areas being covered using course books and you must keep yourself up-to-date with developments in current affairs.
Assessment is through coursework (presentations, seminar contributions, your portfolio, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test. You will also be challenged through simulation games, problem solving exercises, online collaborative projects and policy papers. Assessment is typically weighted as follows in your first year:
- Exam: 47%
- Coursework: 53%
These assessment weightings are indicative only. The exact weighting may vary depending on option modules chosen by students and teaching methods deployed by the academic member of staff each year. Indicative assessment weighting and assessment type per module are shown as part of the module information. Again these are based on the current academic session.
Facilities and features
Hugh Aston Building
You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.
Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
The current home of De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), Campus Centre, has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU improving the student experience.
The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, on the ground floor is a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and SUpplies, DSU’s shop, selling art supplies stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.
Opportunities and careers
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).
An optional paid placement year offers invaluable professional experience.
We can help you secure a placement through activities such as mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and you will be assigned a personal tutor to support you throughout your placement.
We advertise posts in all locations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts.
Our students have taken placements with companies including Rolls Royce, GlaxoSmithKline, Heathrow Airport and the House of Commons.
For further details visit our placements page or contact @DMUBALPlacements.
Graduates from the course have progressed to careers in the private and public sectors in positions such as Campaign Manager for Labour, Deputy Social Media Editor for the Independent, a graduate position on IBM’s sought after HR Leadership Development Programme and a place on a Local Government trainee scheme.
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