Six great reasons to study Politics at York


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1.    Choice and flexibility – tailor your degree to suit you

You can study Politics as a single subject or combine with International Relations, English or History. All of our courses have a wide range of modules and cover the spectrum of politics, from the history of political thought to the resolution of conflict in war-torn societies, and from the politics of international security to financial regulation in Europe.

2.    Reputation

Key Facts

  • Top 10: Politics department for research (REF 2014)
  • 90% overall satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey (NSS 2017) 
  • Opportunities to gain work experience, intern and study abroad
  • Our academics are at the forefront of research and policy making 
  • Guest lectures with high profile speakers
  • Dynamic student run Politics Society

We are the UK’s number eight Department in the UK for Research (REF 2014).

3.    Employability

We help prepare you for employment from the very start of your degree – teaching transferable skills, offering hands-on guidance through Careers Support, and giving you opportunities to gain work experience and study abroad.

Our graduates take these unique skills, experiences and insights and forge successful careers all over the world.

4.    We wrote the book  

You are taught by international experts in their fields: our staff advise governments on a wide range of issues, and contribute to news, media and current affairs programmes globally. Our academic staff are widely published, and chances are you’ve read their works in A Level Politics.

5.    Inspirational teaching

Our outstanding teaching makes a difference to students both within and beyond the academy. We are committed to helping you flourish academically, whatever your study level – and this is demonstrated by our consistently high student satisfaction rate (NSS survey results).

6.    High profile speaker series

We host a number of speaker series where high profile academics, campaigners, journalists, researchers and politicians come together to share their take on cutting edge research, insights and experience.