Undergraduate BA (Hons)


Critically explore politics and examine some of the pressing issues facing us today, such as climate change and migration.


Course Overview

  • UCAS code

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    3 Years
  • Start date

    19 Sep 2022

You’ll choose a pathway to study*:

  • BA (Hons) Politics
  • BA (Hons) Politics with Global Development
  • BA (Hons) Politics with International Relations
  • BA (Hons) Politics with Human Rights

As part of your course, you’ll:

  • Examine a wide variety of topics including human rights and the crisis of capitalism
  • Explore how the role of the state, international power relations, ethics, and political movements and ideologies such as Marxism have profound implications for the organisation of our society
  • Tailor your course in your second and third year through optional modules and a dissertation

*You can apply to study the single honours degree or one of the combined awards listed. You’ll be able to apply direct to UCAS for the combined awards using the UCAS codes provided.


BA (Hons) Politics with Global Development (UCAS code L208)
Explore how global development confronts the ethical dilemmas facing the distribution of power and resources. You’ll examine theories of development, poverty and economic crises and their relevance to the social and political challenges of the 21st century. In your second and third years you’ll study topics such as the political economy of the global south, understanding development, development in practice, and complete a dissertation.

BA (Hons) Politics with Political Economy (UCAS code L205)
Political Economy is a crucial tool to understand the relationship between history, economics, the international state system and political power. In your second and third years you’ll study the modules Political Economy of the Global South, Introduction to Marx,  International Political Economy, and complete a dissertation.

BA (Hons) Politics with International Relations (UCAS code L201)
Examine issues facing us today, such as active citizenship. In your second and third years you’ll study topics such as understanding security, environment and world politics, diplomacy, and complete a dissertation. 

BA (Hons) Politics with Human Rights (UCAS code L203)
Many political, economic, social and cultural factors impact the successful protection and promotion of human rights around the world. You will engage with debates about the universality of human rights and assess the success of human rights as a mechanism for social justice. In your second and third years you’ll study topics such as debates in human rights, international human rights and the politics of human rights, and complete a dissertation.

Immersive learning
With our range of politics events, volunteering options, study abroad opportunities, and guest speakers, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in a rich learning and practical environment that will fully prepare you for the career you choose.

You’ll undertake a volunteering placement of your choosing as part of our Active Citizenship module, helping those in need - whether it's helping refugees learn English, working at a food bank or teaching in a foreign country.

Hands-on study
You’ll have the opportunity to design a mock project targeted at a non-government organisation. You’ll practise lobbying your ideas during a test interview, enhancing your employability skills. Previous students have explored ways to limit the problems of globalisation.

Research expertise
All of our course team are research-active, working around the world for the development of society. Many carry out government-funded research and help to advise the EU on policy. These links will help ensure your course content is applicable to the wider world and could help if you are writing a project or research proposals for international organisations.

Why study Politics at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. 100% of BA (Hons) Politics (pathway) students said staff made the subject interesting*
  2. Pathways available, with the option to change direction after Year 1
  3. Fantastic placement opportunities
  4. Guest lectures, including annual festival of Politics and International Relations
  5. Volunteering and study abroad opportunities

* National Student Survey 2021

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