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Politics and Security Studies (with placement year)

BA (Hons)
Entry 2017: This course is not running
Entry 2018: BBB / 120 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: L259
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Social Sciences
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This new Politics and Security Studies (with placement year) degree for September 2018 entry gives you a thorough grounding in politics, with particular focus on the idea of security and its impact on political systems, both in the UK and around the world.

You will explore the politics and management of non-traditional security threats such as disease, migration, radicalisation, cyber-terrorism, resource depletion, and climate change.

You’ll address the big contemporary political questions:

  • How serious is the terrorist threat and how is it changing?
  • Are we at risk from global pandemics?
  • How do national and regional perspectives on security differ around the globe?
  • How should we be operating nationally and internationally to promote a more secure world for all?

You will have opportunities to learn beyond the classroom through simulation exercises, field trips, and specialist workshops.

Entry requirements

This course is not running.

Typical offer: BBB / 120 UCAS points

BTEC Extended Diploma:


Plus minimum of:

English GCSE grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted.



The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Politics and Security Studies International Relations Global Politics and Development Applied Peace and Conflict Studies
Level 4
S1 (60 credits) Global Issues and Challenges
20 credits History of the Present
20 credits States and Power The Evolution of the International System States and Power Studying Peaceful and Unpeaceful Relations
20 credits Analysing Violence and Security Development, Poverty and Globalisation
Level 5
S1 Populism and Authoritarianism Contemporary International Relations Power, Politics and Inequality
Analysing Contemporary Conflict
Revolutions and Regime Change Globalisation and Global Governance Understanding Social and Ecological Systems and Crises
S2 Two of the following:
  • Technology, Violence and War
  • Peacebuilding, Conflict and Security
  • Political Violence and Terrorism
Two of the following:
  • Power Shifts: Regional and Global Challenges
  • Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • The Emergence and Dynamics of the State in International Conflict
The Politics of Development Movements for Peace, Justice and Social Change
Applied Skills in Conflict Engagement
Peacebuilding, Conflict and Security Place, Culture and Community
Level 6
S1 Dissertation
Politics and Security in Africa OR Elective Ethics in Peace and Development Practice
Pathways to Professional Practice Pathways to Professional Practice OR Politics and Security in Africa
S2 Dissertation
The International Politics of Crisis Response
One of the following:
  • Politics and Security in the Middle East
  • Creative Conflict Resolution
  • Contemporary Development Challenges

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

88% of our 2016 Peace Studies and International Development graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Career prospects

On graduation you’ll be equipped to explore a range of career opportunities, in areas such as:

  • international organisations
  • local and national government
  • aid and development
  • charities, NGOs and activist organisations
  • the armed forces
  • police or private security companies
  • education
  • the media

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 Peace Studies graduates was £20,571.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.


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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.