Brunel University London

Course Introduction

Study Politics together with Sociology and you'll take an innovative, contemporary degree course that provides an original combination of advanced study in both disciplines. You will take core modules in political science methods, British politics and EU politics, political theory, comparative politics and democratisation, with the option of more specialised options in Years 2 and 3. You'll also study challenging sociology topics such as individual and social processes, research methods for social sciences, and social theory, culture and modernity.

Course Modules

Level 1 Core: political science methods; central themes in political thought; modern British politics; introduction to social research methods; introduction to sociology; globalisation. Level 2 Core: Comparative politics; social divisions: difference and resistance; work and society; sociology of everyday life: issues in contemporary culture. Options: Asia'Pacific international relations: modern east'west encounters; democracy and democratisation; international relations; issues in American politics; US foreign policy: World War II to the end of the cold war; the holocaust; total war in the modern era. Level 3 Core: dissertation; European Union politics: problems and prospects. Options: The Arab'Israeli conflict; globalisation and governance; empire, imperialism, hegemony; India and the world: the international relations of a rising power; media, politics and power in America; marx and Marxism; parties and voters in the UK; intelligence and national security; theory and practice of cultural diversity; fascism; the second world war; the history and politics of heritage; history, travel and the sea; rethinking modern Europe: borders, nations and identities since 1850. City lives and urban cultures; comedy, culture and the media; multiculturalism: race, ethnicity and difference; understanding audiences; crime, deviance and addiction; popular music and popular culture; the age of new media; forensic science and society.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £13,500 ???abroad???
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000 ???home???

Qualifications required:

  • European Baccalaureate 70%
  • International Baccalaureate 30
  • GCE A-level BBB
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates AAABB
  • Foundation / access qualification
  • IELTS 6.5
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units)
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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86% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 91%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 88%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 93%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 75
Studying 10
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 5
Unknown 5

15% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 39%

Total Coursework: 59%

Total Practical: 2%

£4,500 - £6,900
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation