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Undergraduate study in politics

Politics is everywhere and influences everything. From student tuition fees to climate change and the world economy, right down to parks, libraries and recycling bins. And politics is moving fast. Globalisation has transformed the way we work and consume. Social media can be the tool that changes policy or even brings down a government.

Our politics degrees investigate the changing ways in which power is won and used in the modern world. Our graduates go on to meaningful careers and make things happen.

Join us and you'll get a front-row seat to watch and understand the way the world is changing. But, more importantly than that, you'll get a chance to join in and change the world yourself.

Your career starts here

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Why study politics? You might be fascinated by the democratic process, by the way policies and laws are made, by political history. You might want to build a career in or around politics – as a parliamentary researcher, political journalist, senior civil servant.

Or you might want to keep your options open. You might be looking for a subject that will stretch you academically, show you the world in a new light, and give you transferable skills that'll appeal to a whole range of employers.

Either way, Sheffield is the place. And all our undergraduates get the chance to spend a year on work placement as part of their degree. Graduates tell us this experience impresses later at job interviews. So whatever career path you follow, a good degree from us will pack a punch in the jobs market.

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Students outside the Elmfield buildingBecome the best

Whether you're looking to study politics on its own, or with another subject, we've got the degree for you.

Build a degree from modules looking at constitutions and electoral systems, or globalisation, immigration and nationalism, terrorism and war. Add in a related subject like international relations, security studies, economics or history. Or study politics with a modern language – you can choose from French, Spanish, German or Russian.

Browse our range of politics degrees and see what captures your imagination. Whatever you choose, you'll be taught by some of the leading academics in the field. We're among the very best politics departments in Britain – no UK university ranks higher than us for research in the subject.

Skills to make an impact

As well as an insight into political processes around the world, you'll develop abilities like teamwork, analysis, evaluation, communication and research. By the end of your course you'll be a sharp thinker who can formulate powerful arguments and express them convincingly. You'll have the skills to make an impact wherever you go.

So choose Sheffield and you won't just choose the best – you'll become the best.

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A perfect place to learn...

As well as the best teaching there is, you'll have great facilities and support to back you up. We invest heavily in digital learning resources, so our virtual learning environment is there to enhance your study right around the clock. Your personal tutor can offer help with any issues that spring up – whether they're personal or related to your course.

And students love the Elmfield building, where our department's located. With a refurbished common room providing space to unwind and chat, it's tucked away in delightfully quiet and leafy surroundings. But we're only a few minutes' walk from the heart of Sheffield and central University facilities like the stunning Information Commons.

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...where everyone's on the same team

Not only that, but we're a sociable bunch as well. At some universities people sense a great divide between students and the academic staff. Not at Sheffield. Everyone's on the same team here. Our staff pride themselves on being friendly and approachable.

And you'll make friends right away through the award-winning Politics Society. One of the best student-run societies at the University, this offers a great range of social activities. Sport, nights out (with and without alcohol), guest speakers, charity volunteering, and trips abroad – Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam, anyone?

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For further reading...

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