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Study politics abroad

An in-depth guide to studying politics as an international student.

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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    History and Politics - Dual BA (Hons) Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,253 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    History and Politics - BA University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,720 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,275 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Government & Political Affairs - BA Millersville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,560 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,560 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    International Relations and Politics - BA (Hons) University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,283 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Law with Politics - LLB (Hons) Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,882 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,480 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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    International Relations and Politics, International Year One - UGP Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,028 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,130 GBP

    Start date
    January, October
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    Politics (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,966 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Politics graduate programs

Master's in politics

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    History and Politics - MRes University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,154 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Business Economics with Marketing and Politics - MA (Hons) University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,587 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,450 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Law and Politics in the European Union - LLM University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,318 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,840 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Philosophy, Politics and Economics - MA (with foundation) Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,024 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 EUR

    Start date
    September, January, June
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    Sociology of Politics and International Relations - MA Nizhny Novgorod State University, Russia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,000 USD

    Start date
    October
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Doctorate in politics

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    Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK
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    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    6 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,191 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,150 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
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    History and Politics - PhD University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,154 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Pathway in politics

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    Politics and International Relations - Pathway in Politics - PGP Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,662 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,320 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Politics Pre-Master's Program - PGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,044 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 GBP

    Start date
    January, April
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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.