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Why Study Politics in the UK?

The UK has one of the longest and richest political histories on the planet, and so it is easy to see why there has always been a strong amount of students studying Politics degrees there. With Brexit and its many complexities, British Politics remains in the public eye.

Politics is drastically rising in popularity and awareness amongst young people. This is largely due to social media and the ability to share information. Young people are becoming more informed about social injustice, and so turn to politics to help change the world they live in. Voter turnout is higher than it has even been before within the younger demographics, with the UK leading the way.

What are the best UK Universities to study Politics?

This is the list of the top ten Universities for Politics, according to the Guardian University Guide 2019

  1. University of St Andrews
  2. University of Cambridge
  3. University of Oxford
  4. University of Bristol
  5. Loughborough University
  6. University of Warwick
  7. University of York
  8. London School of Economics
  9. Coventry University
  10. University of Exeter

What qualifications do I need to study Politics in the UK?

  • Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: 34 points
  • Typical A-Level requirements: ABB
  • Typicals IELTS requirements: 6.5 overall
We had an interview with Aaron Duncan, a recent Politics and International Student, about why you should study Politics in the UK.

Tell us a little about yourself

“My name is Aaron Duncan, and I have just graduated my Politics and International Relations joint honours at the University of Sussex. I have recently undertaken full-time employment as a Senior Operations Resourcer at a tech company in London, in addition to working with a UK political party.”

Aaron Duncan, Politics and International Relations graduate, University of Sussex

Why did you choose to study Politics?

“I picked Politics as I want to leave my mark on the world. Politics shapes everything from health and science, to business and trade, to civil rights, and power relations. I wanted to gain perspectives from others, as well as enrich my own understanding of how and why the world works as it does. As a young adult, the decisions made by the government of today will affect my life tomorrow. There is nothing I find more exciting than to play my part in the momentous changes to come; both domestically as well as internationally.”

Play my part in the momentous changes to come.

Why would you recommend studying Politics in the UK?

“British politics is the most interesting to study regardless of your background, age, or gender. Studying politics in the UK offers incentives that are simply not available in other countries. It’s rich political history provided by controversial leaders (such as Thatcher, Churchill, Blair, and even May) not only gives one the chance to appreciate the changes the UK has endowed onto the world but how it has also provided global political and social norms in doing so. The UK sets the precedent in terms of how the world now views socio-democratic values. For example, Brexit was a decision never seen in political history. This offers those studying Politics in the UK, such as myself, perhaps the most unique opportunity to analyse, debate, and forecast such an event first-hand.”

The UK sets the precedent of how the world views socio-democratic values.

What experience do you have with Political work experience in the UK?

“The majority of my political work experience comes from working with UK political parties and local councils. Experience within UK Politics is as accessible as you make it. However, planning your career paths within this area is possibly the most important aspect. In other words, think of your end goal and work backwards- and start volunteering! That’s the key to getting your foot in the door of the field.”

Careers in Politics range from local, national, and international government. As well as a wide range of other professions as well as teaching, media, advising, finance, and banking.

If you are interested in studying Politics in the UK and have a few questions, then click here to visit Study International UK where you can book a free consultation.


  1. […] Research, research, research! I spent countless hours reading everything from news articles to student newspapers to student chatrooms about UK universities. I watched hundreds of YouTube videos from UK-based students and alumni. I also knew people who studied in the UK and enquired about their experiences. There was also a university fair at my school where I got to speak to representatives from a few UK universities and grab lots of flyers and brochures. When weighing up different courses and universities you might want to ask yourself questions such as: “How do I learn best? How would I like to be assessed?”. Definitely use all the resources you can – there are plenty out there. Do keep in mind that everyone is different and one person’s “Why I quit uni” video shouldn’t put you off going to university. It is ultimately what you make it! That being said, if you notice a trend in what people are saying then there is probably some truth in it.To read another student’s experience studying Politics in the UK, click here. […]