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Politics degrees abroad

Politics is a broad subject that focuses on how governments, policies, and internal relations work. Politics plays a vital role in our everyday lives, and it covers the issues surrounding things like the influence of power, order, justice and decision-making.

When you study politics at university you’ll learn through a range of different disciplines, and most programs will cover the three main strands of politics: government, international relations, and political theory. It is the ideal subject for anyone who wants to learn more about government and society and the workings of political systems.

Politics is a popular subject to study abroad and means you’ll get the chance to learn all about how another country’s political system works. In some countries like the US, politics degrees may be referred to as political science, but they broadly cover the same subjects.

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Politics program structure

You can study politics at all degree levels, including bachelor’s and master’s. At undergraduate level, politics is offered as BA or BSc, depending on the university. There is usually very little difference between the two, but a BSc may include more numerical and statistical modules.

At postgraduate level, it’s possible to study a master’s in politics as an MA or an MRes over one or two years. Doctorate level degrees are also available, and you can study for a PhD in politics over three to four years, or up to six years if you choose to study part-time.

Studying a politics degree abroad will usually involve writing essays, attending lectures and seminars, and working on group projects and presentations. At bachelor’s level you will often complete a research-based dissertation in your final year which will make up a significant part of your final grade.

The content and structure of every politics degree will be different, but there are some core areas and modules you can expect to study on most programs, including:

  • Principles of politics
  • History of political thought
  • International relations
  • Political psychology
  • Globalization
  • Global comparative politics
  • Political research
  • National governments

Politics study abroad programs

Politics undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in politics

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    Politics/Pacific Studies Heritage and Arts - BA University of the South Pacific, Fiji

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,961 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 FJD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Politics and Criminology - BA Liverpool Hope University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,565 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Political Science: Race and Politics - BA Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,700 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    American Studies: Politics, Institutions and Values - BA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    43,665 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 43,665 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March
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    Law: Politics - LLB (Hons) (with foundation) Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,707 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in politics

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    Capital Fellows in Applied Policy and Government - Cert California State University, Sacramento, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Pathway in politics

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    Politics and International Relations (International Year One) - UGP University of Essex International College, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,422 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,950 GBP

    Start date
    September, January, May
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Politics graduate programs

Master's in politics

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    History and Government - MA University of Nebraska Omaha, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,281 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,281 USD

    Start date
    August, January, May
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    International Affairs: Global Governance, Politics, and Security - MA American University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,596 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,596 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Legal Studies: Government (3+2 Program) - Integrated BA/MA Walsh University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,230 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,230 USD

    Start date
    August, January, May
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    Politics/International Affairs - MA University of the South Pacific, Fiji

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    4,453 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,070 FJD

    Start date
    February, July
    Show program overview about Master of Arts in Politics/International Affairs
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    Master of Education in Society, Culture and Politics in Education (MEd) - MEd The University of British Columbia, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,312 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,450 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Future politics careers

A degree in politics can lead to a wide variety of great careers, but some roles will require additional studies after you graduate.

Politics graduates gain a range of skills that many employers value, but many students look for a career in government. Here are a few of the most popular careers for politics graduates:

  • Politician
  • Public affairs consultant
  • Public relations executive
  • Local government officer
  • Politician’s assistant
  • Government researcher
  • Political consultant
  • Lawyer/solicitor

Most universities will have a career service that you can use to help you work out which future role is right for you. Taking advantage of any placement or internship opportunities is another good way to get a taste for the career you’d like to pursue.