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  • Politics and Global Studies at Winchester has averaged 96% overall satisfaction since 2013 in National Student Surveys of final-year undergraduate students
  • Join a thriving Politics Society and attend events arranged by the Centre for English Identity and Politics, run by former MP and cabinet minister John Denham
  • Benefit from small numbers in many optional course modules, which allow for rewarding discussions and debates and closer interaction with staff, including opportunities to gain work experience and academic credit via volunteering to work in political institutions
  • Gain a global perspective on the complex issues facing the modern world
  • Study abroad at Westminster College, USA, in your second year as part of the American Exchange Programme

Are you fascinated by current affairs, international trends and the vertiginous pace of change in the contemporary world? In studying Politics and Global Studies at Winchester you grapple with the most contentious political questions of today at national, regional and local levels. And you address hugely important issues, including economic globalisation, technological interconnection, the alleged ‘clash of civilisations’, the politics of war, energy security and environmental dislocation.

It’s impossible to escape the central role the US exerts on all these contemporary issues and that is a major focus. But you also analyse rival power structures in China, Russia, Japan, or India. Some modules take a closer look at the place of the US in the world order from the perspective of other nations. Finally, in a world full of uncertainty, much of it created either by or in conflict with the US, you study the new challenge of ‘rogue states’ and non-state actors, including terrorist groups.

When you study a political theme it is set in a wide range of contexts, including historical, geographical, economic, social and cultural. This gives you the theoretical framework of knowledge you need to understand the modern world in depth. Our aim is for you to develop your content knowledge and political awareness, and be able to confidently use a variety of intellectual concepts and skills. 

Year 1 gives you a solid grounding in global political studies, including an introduction to British and American politics and Human Rights in the Global Political Economy.

In Years 2 and 3, you study the institutions and concepts behind US foreign policy, and the challenges of globalisation and you can choose across a wide range of fascinating optional modules available for you to explore your special interests. These include Global Governance, Diplomatic and Security Studies, The Modern American Presidency, China: Twenty-first Century Challenges, Sexual Violence and Politics, and the Politics of Food Production. You also produce a dissertation in your final year on a topic of your choice, subject to approval from tutors expert in the field.

Previous students on the Politics and Global Studies programme have commented that the small numbers in lectures and tutorials allow close interaction with the tutors and that the teaching is intellectually stimulating and passionate. The course has also won Programme of the Year at the university’s own Student-Led Teaching Awards.

Give your future career an edge

Our graduates bring a global perspective and transferable skills in time management, problem solving and critical thinking to the workplace. They are prepared to address the complex issues facing the modern world. These skills open up a number of career paths, including roles in national and local government, the civil and foreign service, interest groups, aid agencies, non-government organisations and charities. Students have also gone into careers in law, teaching and business.


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. (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey)

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.


Suitable for Applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work Placements

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

Study Abroad

Our BA (Hons) Politics and Global Studies course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA).

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and Teaching

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: 192 hours
  • Independent learning: 996 hours
  • Placement: 12 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.


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


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% coursework
• 36% written exams
• 0% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

• 80% coursework
• 8% written exams
• 12% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

• 74% coursework
• 15% written exams
• 11% 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.

Further information

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

Student Satisfation

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




2018 Entry: 104-120 points

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

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 Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to or call +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1: Level 4

Modules Credits

United States Politics and Society 15

This module examines the ideas and themes in American politics, with particular emphasis on the contemporary situation. It will incorporate key theories of political science and political philosophy, looking at such themes as separation of powers and ideas including American liberalism and American conservatism. It will also look at the contemporary policy debates in America at present, such as healthcare and the size of the government. The module should provide sufficient foundational knowledge of the American political system, not least in the context of the controversies raised during and after the 2016b Presidential election, which will aid future study, especially in other modules like Modern American Presidency and US Foreign Policy.

Principles of Micro and Macro-Economics 30
Introduction to International Relations 15



Introduction to Global Politics and Political Philosophy 30
Human Rights in the Global Political Economy 15

Human rights have been called the ‘idea of our time.’ In the post-World War Two period this ‘idea’ has achieved a totemic status, associated with civility and modernity. Against this, however, are the widespread reports of torture, genocide, disappearances, ethnic cleansing, political prisoners, the suppression of trade unions and democracy movements, and willful deprivation of access to the basic necessities of life.

One of the causes for the apparent disjuncture between the optimism represented by the idea of human rights, and the pessimism engendered by media reports of widespread violation of human rights, can be found in what John Vincent has called ‘human rights talk’. Human rights is not a singular discourse, but three overlapping discourses: philosophy, law and politics. We will critically explore these three discourses historically, culturally and in their contemporary form, and seek to gain an insight into the role of human rights under conditions of present-day globalization.

Introduction to British Politics 15

This module aims to introduce students to contemporary debates within British politics. Whilst focusing on contemporary issues, this module will also help students to understand the context and history of British political development. By focusing on British politics, students will be able to understand how British parliamentary democracy works. This will involve looking at political parties, the Great Offices of state, the role of the media and Britain's foreign relations.

Year 2: Level 5

Modules Credits

Researching Politics and Global Studies 15

This module introduces students to a number of the most significant issues in the political and religious agendas of the contemporary Near and Middle East. (Here, the ‘Near and Middle East’ shall be judged to stretch from Morocco to Afghanistan, including Turkey and the Sudan.) Utilising a variety of material, this course provides a solid grounding in the more conspicuous concerns that affect the region at the start of the Twenty-First Century. Critical interpretation of the issues under consideration is encouraged through the close reading of primary sources. The module will deal with texts in English translation.

US Foreign Policy: Institutions and Concepts 15

The foreign policy of the United States has had far reaching impact and global ramifications. The contemporary position of the US as the “world’s only superpower”, and her dominance in terms of world trade, military capacity, and cultural output,  means that the foreign policy decisions of the US government are hugely consequential and worthy of study. This module will seek to explain how and why these decisions are made by introducing the key foreign policy concepts and ideological positions present in the US polity, as well as charting the institutions and offices under whose authority it falls to make them. Expanding on this, an analysis will be made of extra-governmental institutions, such as the media and its impact on policy. Students will gain from the module an understanding of the processes involved in formulating America’s foreign policy, the extent of its impact in the arena of international relations, and the objectives and motivations that drive it.

Optional Credits

Optional Modules
  • Political and Religious Themes in the Near and Middle East 15 credits
  • Global Governance 15 credits
  • Gender, Power and Global Politics 15 credits
  • The 'War on Terror' and the 'Axis of Evil' and Beyond 15 credits
  • International Law 15 credits
  • Discourses of War 15 credits
  • Independent Study Module 15 credits
  • Security Studies: Theory and Practice 15 credits
  • Political Leadership and Communication 15 credits
  • The Modern American Presidency 15 credits
  • Southern Cultures 15 credits
  • The Changing Face of Politics: Party, Activism and Community 15 credits
  • Volunteering For Politics and Global Studies 15 credits
  • Power: Theory and Applications 15 credits

Year 3: Level 6

Modules Credits

Debates in Globalisation 15

The term globalisation is often recognised as 'Americanisation' due to America's economic and cultural dominance in the world order.  This module examines this view, providing a critical analysis of its legitimacy as a 'global' trend by looking at the winners and losers of globalisation and examining contingent issues of global poverty and Third world development. The cultural aspect to globalisation will also be examined in the module, again involving aspects of the so-called Americanisation of global culture. Exploring these issues allows for a greater understanding of globalisation in theory and then in practice. Both advocates and critics of globalisation will be introduced throughout the module so a critical understanding of these issues can be realised.

Dissertation 30

This is a dissertation of between 8,000 and 10,000 words on a subject of the students’ choice (subject to approval). Study is primarily student-directed, with regular supervision supplied by tutors teaching in the subject. It is mandatory for Single Honours students; Joint students can choose which field to take their dissertation within.

Optional Credits

Year 3 Optional Modules
  • Political Islam 15 Credits
  • Diplomatic Studies 15 Credits
  • Contemporary Civil War 15 Credits
  • Politics, Energy and the Environment 15 Credits
  • China: 21st Century Challenges 15 Credits
  • Case Study in Political Philosophy: Conservatism 15 Credits
  • Sexual Violence and Politics: a political, historical, and cultural investigation 15 Credits
  • Global South: Politics, Inequality and (In) Security 15 Credits
  • The Politics of Food Production, Consumption and Distribution 15 Credits
  • Liberty and Extremism 15 Credits
  • Populism and National Identity 15 credits
  • The Ethics of the Post-Crash Economy 15 credits

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.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. 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. 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU 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 £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. 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 £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International 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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.



As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the optional costs for this course:


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.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points (2017 Entry)
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester