Undergraduate BA (Hons)


Critically explore politics and some of the most pressing issues facing us today. You’ll have the opportunity to enhance your studies with fantastic placements.


Course Overview

  • UCAS code

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    3 Years
  • Start date

    16 Sep 2024

You’ll choose a pathway to study*:

  • BA (Hons) Politics (L200)
  • BA (Hons) Politics with Global Development (UCAS code L208)
  • BA (Hons) Politics with International Relations (UCAS code L201)
  • BA (Hons) Politics with Human Rights (UCAS code L203)

Critically explore divisive political issues such as the 2017 snap general election, Brexit and the Donald Trump US Presidency.

As part of your course, you’ll:

  • Examine politics as a human activity with a local, national and global outlook
  • Study the ideas, ideologies, policies and institutions that form the foundations of modern politics
  • Understand complex policy issues and advocate solutions to problems
  • Evaluate the nature and distribution of power systems, processes and institutions of governance
  • Analyse different interpretations of political events and issues, synthesising relevant information, exercising critical judgement and constructing reasoned arguments
  • Analyse pressing issues facing us today, such as climate change, human rights, migration 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
  • Undertake a volunteering placement giving you work experience in the field
  • Blend critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills

*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
  • Examine theories of development, poverty and economic crises and their relevance to the social and political challenges of the 21st century
  • Study topics such as the political economy of the global south, understanding development, development in practice, and complete a dissertation

BA (Hons) Politics with International Relations (UCAS code L201)

  • Examine issues facing us today, such as active citizenship
  • Study topics such as understanding security, environment and world politics, diplomacy, and complete a dissertation

BA (Hons) Politics with Human Rights (UCAS code L203)

  • Engage with debates about the universality of human rights and assess the success of human rights as a mechanism for social justice
  • 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. Pathways available, with the option to change direction after Year 1
  2. Fantastic placement opportunities
  3. Guest lectures, including annual festival of Politics and International Relations
  4. Volunteering and study abroad opportunities