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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 10.6k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 14.4k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    Studying politics trains you in skills that are important to any number of future careers; you learn how to argue persuasively, to analyse carefully and to make well-informed decisions. Politics is taught by a lively and committed group of teachers, who all link their teaching to their research.

    New interests and concerns, therefore, become part of your studies. We also review and update our teaching constantly, introducing new techniques and topics. Our aim is to provide a degree that both gives you the foundations of the subject, while allowing you to explore key developments as they happen.

    Your degree is based on your choice from a wide range of options. These are grouped under different headings, so that you can, if you want, concentrate on political ideas and theories, or you may prefer to look at national and international political processes and institutions.

    We offer options on the politics of America, Russian, and other European countries; on international relations and the EU; on democracy, political ideology, utopias, and the history of political thought; on mass media, political culture and identity, and popular culture.
    In your final year, we offer a limited number of parliamentary internships (a chance to work with an MP) or the opportunity to do your own research.

    Politics at UEA is closely linked to the teaching of sociology, economics and philosophy; and we offer a wide choice of joint degrees. Of particular note are these degree programmes: Politics and History; Politics and Sociology of Contemporary Culture; Culture, Philosophy and Politics; Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), Culture, Literature and Politics; and Politics with Media.

    Our students go on to a variety of careers, helped in their choice by UEA’s excellent Careers Office, becoming lobbyists, journalists, lawyers, managers, accountants and teachers.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline You are advised to apply as early as possible Tuition fee
    • EUR 10550 Year (EEA)
    • EUR 14400 Year (Non-EEA)

    UK/EU Students: £9,000. International Students: £12,300

    Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
    Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible

    Course Content

    Year Abroad

    One semester in the second year can be spent in Europe, North America or Australia.

    The Student Experience Survey ranks UEA third in the country - two places higher than last year's result and overtaking both Oxford and Cambridge...

    The School of Political Social and International Studies (PSI) specialises in teaching and research in politics, international relations, media and culture.

    We offer a wide range of courses that allow you to explore the politics of different countries and regions – for example, Russia, South-east Asia, the United States, Europe and Australia and, of course, the United Kingdom. You can learn about the key power-holders, about how parties compete to influence the public and how policies are made. Some of our students experience life in the lobby at first hand through the parliamentary internship scheme.

    In the international arena there are modules dealing with security, terrorism, American foreign policy, fundamentalism, environmental issues and international players such as the United Nations. A module on the history of world politics since 1945 helps you understand how we arrived at 21st-century global patterns of power.

    We offer a distinctive range of degrees specialising in media, culture and politics where topics covered may include mass media, political blogs, popular culture, new media, political marketing and 'practical media’, which enables students to make their own news documentary.

    All our degrees give you opportunities to take modules from other UEA Schools which are selected to fit in with our degree programmes. Each degree includes the option of a 'free choice’ module taken from another School.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test : 88

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    • A Level:


    • International Baccalaureate:


    • Scottish Advanced Highers:


    • Irish Leaving Certificate:


    • Access Course:

    Please contact the university for further information.

    • HND:

    Please contact the university for further information.

    • European Baccalaureate:


    Students for whom English is a Foreign language

    We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

    • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing with no less than 5.5 in any component)
    • TOEFL: Internet-based score of 88 overall (minimum 20 in Reading and Speaking components, 19 in Writing component and 17 in Listening components.
    • PTE: 62 overall (minimum 55 in Reading and Writing components with no less than 51 in any component).

    If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.


    The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

    Gap Year

    We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.

    Deferred Entry

    We welcome applications for deferred entry, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.


    The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

    Alternative Qualifications

    If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above, then please contact university directly for further information.

    GCSE Offer

    Students are required to have GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language at Grade C or above.


    For the majority of candidates the most important factors in assessing the application will be past and future achievement in examinations, academic interest in the subject being applied for, personal interest and extra-curricular activities and the confidential reference.

    We consider applicants as individuals and accept students from a very wide range of educational backgrounds and spend time considering your application in order to reach an informed decision relating to your application. Typical offers are indicated above. Please note, there may be additional subject entry requirements specific to individual degree courses.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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