What Will You Study

Exploring the themes, concepts and events that have shaped the contemporary political scene, you will begin your degree with our core course in Politics and Governance in the Contemporary World and will choose two further courses either from within the Department, or from a wide range of courses offered by other Departments in the University.

As you continue with your studies, you’ll learn from academics committed to both teaching and research and will increasingly specialise through an extensive range of modules which focus on topical questions concerning government and politics in Britain, Europe and the world. Your second-year options include Politics of Development; Politics of the European Union, and Modern Political Thought.

Year 3 will be spent on placement with a public, private or voluntary organisation in the UK or overseas. This will be a real, responsible job for which you will be paid a salary. It will provide a valuable opportunity for you to gain work experience, apply academic ideas in practice and develop a network of professional contacts. There are a range of different placement roles available in different types of organisation and our placements team will work with you to find the role and organisation that is most suited to your objectives for the placement and your future career. We will prepare you for your placement through a mixture of workshops and coaching, and will visit you during the placement to make sure that everything is going well.

In your final year, you have the opportunity to undertake a sustained investigation on a specific political subject of greatest interest to you and can choose from a wide range of modules, such as Africa and Global Politics; Islamic Politics, and Liberals and Communitarians. Previous placement students have found that the placement increased their understanding of the connections between theory and practice and this strengthened their final year of study at Lancaster.

Doing a placement improves your employment prospects and many Lancaster students return from their placement having been offered a permanent position after graduation.