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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.

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

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Politics study abroad programs

Politics undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in politics

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    Accounting: Government or Institutional Accounting - BBA Cleveland State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,765 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,765 USD

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

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    40,551 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,551 USD

    Start date
    March, September, January
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    Philosophy, Politics, Economics - BA Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,436 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Religious Studies (Religion, Politics and Global Affairs) - BA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,834 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,834 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    History with Politics - BA (Hons) Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,704 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,300 GBP

    Start date
    January
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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
    November, May
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Pathway in politics

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    Politics (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,485 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,700 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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Politics graduate programs

Master's in politics

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    Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature - MPhil University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,181 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,300 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
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    Politics and International Relations: Pathway in Global Security - MA/MRes Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    International Politics - MSc/PGDip Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's/Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,393 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,516 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    International Relations and Global Politics - MA Marbella International University Centre, Spain

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,254 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,950 EUR

    Start date
    October, February
    Show program overview about International Relations and Global Politics
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    Law and Politics in the European Union - MA University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    7,534 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,930 EUR

    Start date
    June, September, February
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Doctorate in politics

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    Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,181 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,300 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
    Show program overview about Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature

Diploma in politics

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    International Politics - MSc/PGDip Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's/Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,393 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,516 EUR

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about International Politics

Pathway in politics

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    Environmental Politics Pre-Master's Program - PGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,761 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 GBP

    Start date
    April, January
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    Politics and International Relations: Pathway in US Politics - PGP Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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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.