BA (Hons) Single

Politics is a subject that confronts issues central to everyone’s daily lives. The study of politics is about decision-making, conflict resolution and power. It looks at the role of the state, government and institutions; at how we structure our society and how it structures us. Politics is a dynamic and evolving area of study and is both a theoretical and an applied subject. It presents the opportunity to engage with and critique ideas, as well as to apply theories to actual situations, using case studies and scenarios.

In the 2014 National Student Survey, Politics was in the top 3 in the UK for teaching and ranked top in the UK for overall student satisfaction with 100%.

Our team includes as Programme Leader Dr Eddie Tembo, a recognised expert in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism studies.

Why study Politics at Chester?

At Chester we look behind media headlines and the assumptions that surround power politics.  We explore the underlying political issues; we ask questions that are, in many instances, age old. For example:

  • ‘How do we achieve the good society?’
  • ‘Do the strong do as they please, while the weak suffer?’
  • ‘Is the point of politics to change the world?'
  • 'Can war ever be just?'

Such questions force the analysis beyond the headlines. Informed questions of this nature allow our students to develop, explore and form sophisticated opinions on issues ranging from the fair distribution of resources; why countries go to war; through to the underlying causes of the London riots in 2011.

Above all, the teaching team is fascinated by politics and we seek to encourage this fascination and passion among our students.Consequently, we often find ourselves in lively discussions and debates with our students. It is also worth emphasising that the teaching team brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the subject. Guest lecturers, from within the University and from the political arena, provide specialist sessions. We also take the time to offer visits to events, talks and political institutions. In previous years we have offered visits to Parliament and to local Council chambers to take part in mock debates.

Getting ready for the real world: The Chester Politics Team is also acutely aware that the current economic climate demands transferable skills that students can utilise out in the ‘real’ world once they have graduated. With this in mind we place a strong emphasis on developing employability skills, such as critical thinking, refined researching skills, the confident presentation of findings, debating and respectful argumentation. We also encourage students to undertake relevant volunteering and work-placements.

Our approach blends into our wider Departmental philosophy of enriching and enhancing the student experience. As a team of dedicated researchers and educational practitioners we are committed to:

  • Helping students to become confident independent learners.
  • Creating the best university experience by offering personalised support.
  • Encouraging a vibrant and engaged student community
  • Challenging students through innovative and inclusive assessments
  • Working in close concert with library and online services
  • Clearly stating expectations of staff through a Partnership Agreement

We also offer a rich diet of teaching delivery. Chester Politics students receive a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, guest and specialist contributors, independent learning and research, practical work-based projects, group work, and via e-learning on our intranet. We make our teaching as interactive and as fun as possible, while always emphasising the learning process.

The teaching team is very accessible and we know all our students. In addition, all students have a Personal Academic Tutor who provides advice and guidance across the whole programme of study for the entirety of their degree.

"The Politics programme at the University of Chester allows you to analyse more than what happens in Westminster. It questions the very idea of society, looking at power struggles between each and every part of the political infrastructure. There are no right or wrong answers, providing a wealth of opinions and views from all members of the programme, making for an exciting and very unique course to study. An ability to question the things that take place around you, puts you in an outstanding position to be successful following your graduation from the course."

Sam Mercer, Final Year Politics Student, 2012/13


Best course of study I have ever done’. Charlie Lynch, Year 3, Single Honours Politics

Wide range of topics covered with very lively debates’. Alice Graham, Year 2, Single Honours Politics


If you are interested in undertaking a Combined Politics degree click here.

If you are interested in undertaking a Combined International Relations degree click here.

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme.  Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time as part of the University’s commitment to curriculum enhancement.

Programme Structure:

Modules are subject to change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

The following core modules will form the foundations of the degree:

  • Introduction to British Politics
  • Thinking About Politics and International Relations 
  • Comparative Politics
  • Welfare Politics
  • International Political Sociology or Economic Thought and International Politics

For your option you choose ONE of the following:

  • Self and Society
  • The Criminal Justice Process
  • Crime, Continuities and Change
  • Media, Representation and Society
  • Introduction to European Studies 

Your first year modules will provide you with a broad understanding of the UK political system and its processes. Moreover, they will introduce you to different ways of thinking about politics and they will help you explore the differences and similarities between political systems at the international level.

Year 2 (Level 5)

In the second year the focus shifts to developing your knowledge and understanding of politics. The core modules are:

  • Politics and Policies
  • The Individual and the State
  • Global Politics and International Relations
  • Research Methods

For your option you choose ONE of the following:

  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • War Crimes against Humanity
  • 'Dangerousness' and Mental Health and Crime
  • Conference
  • European Politics and Culture



The second year develops on the foundations.  For instance: you will investigate policy-making from an initial idea through to legislation; you will evaluate and engage with major theoretical debates that underpin the study of politics; and you will develop your understanding of cooperation and conflict in the international realm. There is also a significant focus on employability skills (including experience in the workplace).

Year 3 (Level 6)

In your final year you will take more specialist topics. Modules include:

  • Security and Insecurity in World Affairs
  • Politics of Sustainability
  • Political Communication
  • Dissertation (double module)

For your option you choose one of the following:

  • Social Change and Social Movements
  • Debates in Sociology
  • Criminal Representations
  • Crime Prevention and Community Safety

In this final year you will hone your analytical and communication skills. This includes undertaking a critical investigation into threat and international order; investigating the issues that underlie sustainability and green agendas; and you will consider the implications and approaches to political marketing, branding and representation. The double dissertation module is an individual piece of research where you can choose your own topic of interest (guided by a member of staff throughout).

If you are interested in undertaking a Combined Politics degree click here.

Please note our modules are subject to change.

Assessment is varied, and includes essays, exams, multiples choice, media briefings, reports, presentations, and independent research projects (among many other methods). We reshape the teaching and learning on the programme as part of our dialogue with our students.

The programme is not just about the formalised teaching and assessments. All tutors either have office hours or an open door policy. They will all be happy to respond to emails in order to arrange one to one meetings. There are also extra-curricular activities including a lecture series and opportunities for formal debating. We have an annual departmental conference, which gives you the opportunity to listen to top academics talking about their research. The Politics programme also has a close working relationship with our subject librarian and with colleagues in study skills, as well as with Careers and Employability. This means that you get support tailored to the needs of Politics students. We take pride in the support which we provide and in the variety of activities on offer.


You will be equipped with transferable skills which are valued by employers such as:

  • ability to research, source and examine information thoroughly;
  • critically analyse evidence and construct coherent arguments in order to present your own; strong and cohesive point of view
  • written communication and oratory skills.

If you are studying this course on a combined basis you should look at options with both subjects.

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UCAS points: 280 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer - BCC/BBC

BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM

BTEC Diploma:D*D*

Irish/Scottish Highers: B in 4 subjects
International Baccalaureate: 26 points
Access Access to HE Diploma to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit

OCR National Extended Diploma: Merit 2

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - DMM

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma - D*D*

Extra Information:

Please note that we accept a maximum of 20 points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A level General Studies will be recognised in our offer.  We will also consider a combination of A levels and BTECs/OCRs.

Contact us

For details about your course or your application please get in touch.

Alice Graham

Wide range of topics covered with very lively debates."

Politics studentAlice Graham