Our courses

A Politics degree from the University of Surrey gives you the opportunity to study how power operates in the real world and to develop the skills to make sense of that world – all while studying at a world-class, research-intensive institution.

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Undergraduate courses

During your time in the Department of Politics, you will learn about mainstream political institutions and theories alongside more critical approaches. Therefore you will be encouraged to learn about identity, citizenship, social movements and change. On top of this, you will also be exposed to a number of international issues and theories, as we consider these to be central to the study of politics in the twenty-first century.

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Postgraduate taught courses

The Department of Politics was created in 2004, bringing together and reinforcing the various elements of politics teaching and research which have existed at Surrey since the 1970s. Our academics are all research-active, and the teaching you will receive on our courses reflects those interests, helping to make your work all the more engaged and relevant to current issues and debates. 

The Department has a very active student body, which organises many academic and social events outside the formal course. With students coming from all over the world, this is an excellent opportunity to meet and challenge each other’s ideas and perceptions.

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Politics alumni

The Department’s alumni are engaged in a range of professions across the world. 65 per cent of the Department’s graduates live in the UK and the remaining 35 per cent live in 33 other countries.

Some of the professions among the Department’s alumni are:

  • International non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • Print and radio journalism
  • Finance; policy advisor
  • Postgraduate and doctoral study
  • Parliamentary advisor