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  • Gain a global perspective on the complex issues facing the modern world
  • Benefit from small numbers in tutorials, which allow for rewarding discussions and debates and closer interaction with our expert staff
  • Study key aspects of law in a city that has been central to the English legal system for at least 1,000 years
  • 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
  • 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 role of law in the fast-changing contemporary world? In studying Politics with Law at Winchester you grapple with the most contentious political and legal questions of today at national, regional and local levels.

Our three-year Politics with Law programme allows you to explore these two overlapping and intellectually stimulating subjects. Taught by research-active experts who form part of a strong and lively community of students and staff, you are actively encouraged to critically evaluate a broad range of political and legal concepts, developing your understanding for strategic and operational tasks.

You engage with a combination of politics and law in a practical dynamic fashion, seeking to understand the relationships between the two disciplines as they interact. This means addressing hugely important issues such as economic globalisation, technological interconnection, the alleged ‘clash of civilisations’, the politics of war, energy security and environmental dislocation.

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

In Year 2, you study the institutions and concepts behind US foreign policy, Discourses of War, Security Studies and Criminal Law.

Your final year features compulsory modules in Debates in Globalisation, Political Islam, Contemporary Civil War and China: 21st Century Challenges. You also produce a dissertation on a topic of your choice, subject to approval from tutors expert in the field.

Throughout Years 2 and 3 you can choose across a wide range of optional modules available for you to explore your special interests. These may include Politics, Energy and the Environment, Diplomatic Studies, Sexual Violence and Politics, and the Politics of Food Production. Optional legal modules may include Sport and the Law, Media law, Law of Evidence, and Legal Ethics and Risk Management

Your programme comprises 75% of the modules from the Politics and Global Studies and PPE programmes and 25% from the LLB programme.


Our graduates bring a global perspective as well as 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, non-government organisations and charities. Students also go into careers in law, teaching, business, the military and media.

Pre-approved for a Masters

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.


Suitable for applications from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

You have the opportunity to undertake professional practice placements during the programme.

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) Politics with Law provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in your second year as part of the American Exchange Programme.

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: 216 hours
  • Independent learning: 984 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. 


Taught elements of the course take place on our campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.


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)*:
  • 69% coursework
  • 31% written exams
  • 0% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 60% coursework
  • 18% written exams
  • 22% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 69% coursework
  • 28% written exams
  • 3% 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



2021 Entry: 104-120 points

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

International Baccalaureate: 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language: 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

Public Law 30
Introduction to Global Politics and Political Philosophy 30
Introduction to International Relations 15



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.

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.

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.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Criminal Law 30


US Foreign Policy 15
Southern Cultures 15
Independent Study 15
Security Studies 15
Global Governance 15
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.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Human Rights Law 15
EU Law 15
Populism and National Identity 15
Case Study in Political Philosophy 15
Dissertation Politics 30
Global South: Politics, Inequality and (In)Security 15
China: 21st Century Challenges 15

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.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2020 Course Tuition Fees



Year 1 £9,250 £13,500
Year 2 £9,250 £13,500
Year 3 £9,250 £13,500
Total £27,750 £40,500
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £28,450 £41,200

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2020, 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.

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 £6,935.

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 £112.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,687.

*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. 

Additional Costs

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 mandatory and optional costs for this course:


Printing and Binding: 

The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. Our Reprographics team also offer printing and binding services, including dissertation binding which may be required by your course with an indicative coast of £1.50-£3.

Formal wear: Students may be expected to dress formally for oral assessments. Costs will vary depending on the student's existing wardrobe. Indicative cost £0 - £50. 


Core texts: Law students are expected to purchase core texts for almost all law modules and some modules also require the purchase of statute books. This could amount to approximately £800 over the course of the degree for single honours depending on module selection. Indicative cost £800 across 3 years of study.

Course specific bursaries/scholarships

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 page.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
On campus, Winchester