Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112* (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



Joint Honours

Start date



One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus

What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

Politics at the University of Derby aims to give the traditional way of studying politics a very modern twist:

Why you should study Politics at the University of Derby

You will be introduced to how the political system works in Britain, learning that it’s more than just elections and politicians. We will look at key political ideas, important political parties, and organisations not normally thought of as ‘political’, giving you a well-rounded idea of how politics really works.

You’ll be taught with an international mindset, particularly in regards to the European Union, United States, and non-Western political systems like China and the old Soviet Union. Politics is in a period of flux that is seeing old parties suddenly undergoing massive growth in membership and new parties with a cynical ‘anti-political’ attitude becoming increasingly popular, also the challenge of Brexit which has the potential to cast a long shadow over modern day British politics. Our degree programme addresses, analyses, and tries to understand these complex new developments that are exercising the minds of activists, politicians, and political thinkers.

Popular Joint Honours combinations

Joint Honours gives you the flexibility to cover two subjects in one degree. Popular combinations with Politics  include:

What you will study

You can study Politics as either a joint or minor subject. This will determine how many modules you’ll study at each stage. Please check your other subject to ensure it is possible to create your chosen combination.


  • The British Political System
  • An Introduction to World Politics
  • Introducing Political Theory
  • What is Politics?
  • Politics of the United States
  • Researching Society 1: Methods and Analysis
  • Parties, Elections, and Electoral Systems
  • The Politics of Economics and Finance
  • Researching Society 2: Social Investigation and Ethics
  • Researching Society 3: Statistics in Social Research
  • Politics in the World 1: Putting Politics to Work
  • Globalisation and Social Change
  • Social Policy and Politics
  • The Politics of Identity
  • Welfare in Modern Britain
  • Understanding the European Union
  • The Politics of US Foreign Policy
  • Minorities and Multiculturalism
  • Independent Study
  • The Politics of Power and Protest
  • World in Conflict: War, Terrorism, and Societies
  • The Rise of China
  • The Effects of Social Policy
  • The Politics of Criminal Justice
  • The Politics of Religion
  • From Lenin to Putin: The USSR and After
  • Political Journalism
  • The End of the American Century?
  • A Future for the Welfare State?
  • Politics in the World 2: Life After Graduation.


Please note: modules are subject to availability, and may change to suit the needs of industry. 

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

There will be a mix of teaching and learning methods, ranging from lectures to tutorials to workshops to work-based learning. The emphasis will be on you creating your own pathway with a stress on developing your own independent and intellectual interests.

Throughout the course we will have guest lectures from individuals who are active in all levels and all kinds of politics. The University will also give you the opportunity to go on trips to Parliament, the European Parliament, and the United Nations in Geneva.

You will also be expected to undertake a placement activity working with an institution of governance, political party, trade union, campaigning organisation, lobby organisation, or think tank to gain an idea of what working inside the political system, whether formally or informally, is like. At the end of the final year you will be undertaking an independent study project on a topic of your choice.

How you'll be assessed

You’ll be assessed through essays, exams, case studies, project work, group work presentations and online discussions - a broad range of methods allowing you to demonstrate your individual strengths and abilities.

You’ll also be assessed by a number of methods that replicate working in a political environment such as reports, briefing notes, blog posts, speeches, leaflets/electoral communications.

Who you will meet

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*


£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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Guidance for EU students post-Brexit

International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Guidance for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree


Politics is designed to equip you as a critically minded, self-activating citizen of the 21st century. As such the specialist skills and knowledge acquired during the programme – an understanding of government policy, how the public sector works, awareness of current affairs, “marketing” political positions, practical work-based experience – are all desirable from an employer’s point of view.

By studying Politics as a Joint Honours Subject, you will broaden your scope in the job market. It will set you apart as a flexible, adaptable and highly organised graduate, while enabling you to apply for a wide variety of jobs.

You will also gain key transferable skills around research experience and the analysis of key information.

The association of our Politics degree with national and international organisations and institutions will ensure that you stand out to potential employers.

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate - industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme, which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions. The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

Programme leader

Dr Helen Brocklehurst

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

Download programme specification

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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