BA (Hons) Politics and Global Studies

Politics and Global Studies at Winchester seeks to analyse the contemporary world (dis)order by examining contentious political issues at local, regional and global levels. The topics of study are set in firm historical, geographical, economic, social and cultural contexts in order to provide students with a theoretical framework of knowledge to apply to the contemporary focus of the course.
**subject to revalidation

BA (Hons) Politics and Global Studies at University of Winchester

UCAS code: L290

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2018 Entry: 104-120 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration:

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

26 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2018 Entry Full-time £9,500*** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £79.17 and a 15 credit module is £1,187. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £7,125.

Total Cost: £28,500*** (3 years) 

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900*** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700*** (3 years) 

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Additional costs:


  • Core texts: Core Texts are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Some Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Cost £50 per academic year.

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):


Work experience and field trips:

Students may gain work experience via the volunteering module in Year 2.


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World


As rated by final year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey,  Politics and Global Studies achieved greater than 90 per cent overall satisfaction.


Students are able to join a thriving Politics Society, and to attend events arranged by the Centre for English Identity and Politics, currently led by former Secretary of State Professor John Denham.

Student Satisfaction:

Students have, in particular, expressed outstanding levels of satisfaction in staff explaining things.They have also commented positively on:

  • The staff are enthusiastic in their teaching and that the course is intellectually stimulating
  • The small seminar, lecture and cohort numbers allow students and staff to know each other well

In the National Student Survey (2015), Politics and Global Studies received a 100% rating for student satisfaction.

Pre-approved for a Masters degree:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

**Subject to revalidation

'Revalidation' is the process by which the University refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

***Indicative Fees for 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 


BA (Hons) Politics and Global Studies examines contentious contemporary political issues and the world order which has resulted, including but not limited to those post-9/11. Many of these issues involve the United States and its post-Cold War relations with other nations through tendencies such as economic globalisation, the rise of a global culture through technological interconnection, the intersections of global/regional/local politics and the alleged 'clash of civilisations' as well as concerns over energy security and environmental dislocation. These topics, and others, are set in firm historical and cultural contexts in order to provide students with a theoretical framework of knowledge with which to apply to the contemporary focus of the course. 

The United States is often seen to act as a global hegemony, ordering the contemporary global political environment but, increasingly, subject to a variety of challenges whether from nationstates at a global or regional level, or from 'forces' such as environmental change, religious fundamentalism, or energy and resource scarcity amongst others. As a result, the programme deals with the United States in some depth; however, this is not its sole focus, either geographically or in a political context. Some modules which look at the US' place in the world order do so from the perspective of Europe and other nations enmeshed in the international system. This focus is set against the competing power structures and alliances posed by regional and potential global competitors such as Japan, India and China. Finally, in contemporary world order full of uncertainty, much of it created either by or in conflict with the United States, the new challenge of rogue state or non-state actors and institutions will be a significant focus. 

The programme provides students with the opportunity to develop their content knowledge, political awareness, intellectual capacity and skills. This is achieved through learning and teaching which integrates lectures, seminars and workshops.

The programme engages with a diversity of contemporary political topics and employs a diversity of materials and approaches in turn. Overall, BA (Hons) Politics and Global Studies aims to produce students who are knowledgeable about contemporary political issues and can take this forward into employment, confidently utilising a variety of intellectual concepts and skills, recognising what they have gained from their studies.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Politics and Global Studies 1 and 2
  • Introduction to Politics and Political Philosophy
  • Introduction to British Politics
  • Introduction to Global Political Economy
  • United States Politics and Society
  • Human Rights in the Global Political Economy
  • The New Agenda-seekers

Year 2

Core modules:

  • US Foreign Policy: Institutions and Concepts
  • Political and Religious Themes in the Near and Middle-East
  • Globalisation and Diversity

Optional modules 

  • Global Governance
  • The War on Terror and the Axis of Evil and
  • Beyond
  • International Law
  • Discourses of War
  • Independent Study
  • Security Studies: Theory and Practice
  • Political Leadership and Communication
  • The Modern American Presidency
  • Southern Cultures
  • Values Studies
  • Volunteering

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Debates in Globalisation

Optional modules

  • Political Islam
  • Diplomatic Studies
  • Contemporary Civil War
  • Politics, Energy and the Environment
  • China:Twenty-first Century Challenges
  • Case Study in Political Philosophy: Conservatism
  • Sexual Violence and Politics: A Political, Historical and Cultural Investigation
  • Global South: Politics, Inequality and (In)Security
  • The Politics of Food Production, Consumption and Distribution
  • Liberty and Extremism
  • Value Studies

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right-hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.                   

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 206 hours
  • Independent learning: 994 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 204 hours
  • Independent learning: 996 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 180 hours
  • Independent learning: 1020 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

The programme is rooted in an interdisciplinary approach to the core concepts, methodologies and theories of politics and international relations. The course recognises the need for students to balance theory with data and debate in responding to the ongoing issues of globalisation and the future of the nationstate and international security systems.

Key features of the student experience are :

  • Contemporary modules to reflect a changing international environment.
  • Opportunities to study abroad - past students have been on conferences to Berlin, the USA and have taken part in Study China and Study India programmes in addition to the university-wide opportunity to study in the USA for a semester in Year 2.
  • Opportunities to take part in Winchester Research Apprenticeship Programme (WRAP) which enables students to work with academics on a genuine research project, so that they engage first-hand in cutting-edge scholarly activity and build vital transferable skills for their future.

Programme Leader

  • Dr William Sheward - US foreign and security policy; American domestic politics and society; and conservatism

Teaching team

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 64 per cent coursework
  • 36 per cent written exams
  • 0 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 80 per cent coursework
  • 8 per cent written exams
  • 12 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 85 per cent coursework
  • 6 per cent written exams
  • 9 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

The programme is a vibrant area of study and offers a qualification which is of use in academic and practical research, consultancy and international projects fields. Students seeking vocational careers will be encouraged to develop interests in national and local government, the civil and foreign service, interest groups, aid agencies, non-government organisations and charities. Other options include law, teaching, business and management with scope for travel and careers abroad.

For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

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