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 2021.
- University of St Andrews, Scotland
- University of Oxford, England
- University of Cambridge, England
- London School of Economics, England
- King’s College London, England
- University of Warwick, England
- University of Bath, England
- Durham University, England
- Canterbury Christ Church University, England
- Aberystwyth University, Wales
What qualifications do I need to study Politics in the UK?
- Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: 34 points
- Typical A-Level requirements: ABB
- Typical 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.”
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.”
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 the 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’re interested in studying politics in the UK and would like to know more, visit Study International UK for a free consultation.
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