Studying a politics degree in the UK will provide students with an understanding of the key dynamics of different political systems around the world, how governments deal with crisis, debt, human right and the nature of society.
Closely related to the area of international relations, students will be asked questions about understanding the world and how should we react to key events within it. If you want to study politics, you may also have a keen history in history, philosophy and modern languages.
Learn more about the five best UK universities for the study of politics (Guardian University Guide 2020) below and, if you want to learn more about studying in the UK, arrange a free consultation today.
Top Five Universities to Study Politics in the UK
1. University of St Andrews
The University of St Andrews is one of the few universities in the UK that offers a single Honours degree specifically in International Relations. The School specialises in:
- International Security
- Peace and Conflict Studies
- Terrorism Studies
- International Institutions
- International Theory
- Regional Studies
2. University of Cambridge
The Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge have particular strengths in international politics, international history and international law. The department also maintain close links with other faculties including sociology, psychology and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.
3. University of Oxford
The Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at the University of Oxford focuses on three areas:
- Government and politics
- International relations and organisation
- Political theory and philosophy
The DPIR offers two Politics joint-school degrees: you may choose to study Politics alongside History or apply to PPE to study Politics in conjunction with Philosophy and Economics.
4. Keele University
Keele staff are internationally recognised in the areas of Comparative Politics, Parties and Elections, Policy Studies, Public Policy, Environmental Politics and Policy, and Political and International Theory and the University has a global reputation for being one of the foremost centres for political study in the UK.
The BA (Hons) Politics undergraduate course offers combinations with economics, history, law and philosophy and will give you the means to understand society and the events and forces which shape it.
5. University of Warwick
University of Warwick politics graduates have gone on to enjoy careers in policy making, government, development, law, journalism and banking and, in the 2018 National Student Survey, the politics department received 95% overall student satisfaction, one of the highest in the UK!
The Political Studies Association recently included Politics and International Studies at Warwick among the UK's 'big five' politics departments after analysing the 2014 Research Excellence Framework results.
Study Politics in the UK
If you are interested in applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate Politics degree in the UK, arrange a free consultation in London or Manchester today.