Our expert lecturers will help you develop a range of skills sought by employers – from communication and team working to independent research and critical analysis. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of current political issues, and have opportunities to gain work experience, meet practitioners and travel overseas.
You will also benefit from a strong academic and theoretical background through modules such as British Government and Politics, which examines the structures and processes of politics at all tiers, from local government through to the EU. Underpinning the module is the nature of political and governmental interaction between the citizen and the state and the factors which influence that relationship or generate pressure for change.
- Innovative teaching approaches linking theory and practice such as simulations, engagement with House of Commons committees and the DMU Policy Commission.
- The only university in the UK to hold both Congress to Campus and European Parliament to Campus with former members of US Congress and former Members of European Parliament to enhance your study experience.
- Our DMU Works careers programme can help you get work-ready through placement opportunities with local, national and global companies previous students have secured placements at Rolls Royce, GlaxoSmithKline, Heathrow Airport and the House of Commons.
- DMU is recognised as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence as a result of research and teaching excellence in European studies.
- Join our lively Politics Society with topical debates and well-known guest speakers which have included David Blunkett and Alastair Campbell in previous years.
- Enjoy an international experience with DMU Global, trips have included Hong Kong, Berlin, Brussels, Washington and New York. Previous students went to Germany and analysed the impact of the cold war on Berlin and considered how politics has affected the economy.
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.
You are assessed through assignments, essays, exams, class presentations, seminar contributions, your portfolio and your dissertation. You will also be challenged through simulation games, problem-solving exercises, online collaborative projects and policy papers.
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, with a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks on the ground floor. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets, as well as 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).
Our 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.
You will graduate with well-developed research and communication skills as well as a good knowledge of political issues and institutions, making you attractive to a wide range of employers.
Recent graduates have gone into roles in the Civil Service, aid organisations, journalism, marketing, teaching and working for MPs.
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