Politics with Creative Writing BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

At Surrey, the social side is as good as the academic side. The Students’ Union is one of the largest in terms of the number of societies that it runs and the active participation of its students. There’s a big sense of community. People like to get involved.

Why Surrey?

This is a perfect combination for anyone wishing to build a career writing about politics, whether as a journalist, author, novelist or playwright.

It will also be of interest if you are thinking of a career in politics, where the ability to craft language is of paramount importance. It's also a good choice for people who want a balance of discussion, analysis and creativity.

Programme overview

Politics as your Major

Politics is all about people and power. As a Politics Major you will focus on understanding ­and using a range of concepts, methods, theories and approaches for political, social and economic analysis, as well as building a sound foundation of knowledge in international  affairs.

Thanks to Surrey's unique approach to your personal, professional and intellectual development, you can be sure that your learning will always address real situations and topical problems, with plenty of opportunities for you to get out of the classroom and gain some impressive experience (including the option of a Professional Training placement).

Putting knowledge, techniques and personal development together in this way will give you the insight to think critically about politics and become an expert on the people, events, ideas and institutions that shape politics at local, national and international levels.

You will also develop a feel for the contested nature and problematic character of political enquiry, including issues related to diversity and equality.

Integrative module for Politics Majors

Everything is political, they say. This integrative module is all about testing that statement. Together with your fellow Politics Majors, you will examine how the topics that you are exploring in your Minor subjects are affected by politics, and vice versa.

What are the key features of politics as an academic discipline? Which of these are shared with the Minor subjects? And what can each learn from the other?

With careful prompting by your tutor, your group will engage in discussion and debate to share the personal experiences and insights into politics deriving from each individual's study of their Minor subject.

Reflective essays and group presentations will give you the opportunity to crystallise your thoughts, communicate what you have learned and demonstrate your understanding of politics from a more complete perspective.

Creative Writing as your Minor

Choose Creative Writing as your Minor subject and you'll develop an understanding of the theory and practice ­of poetry, drama and the novel. With enhanced knowledge of the distinctive character of texts written in the principal literary genres (and other forms of writing and communication), you'll become adept at translating ideas into critical and creative texts ­an ability that will prove highly desirable in any career you wish to pursue.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Teaching

The Department of Politics' commitment to research-led teaching has encouraged our staff to innovate and become leaders in the development of new teaching methods. This approach has been recognised by a number of awards and fellowships.

We maintain an active involvement with social media as a tool for teaching and learning, and strive to apply effective teaching methods through interactive learning, direct observation and simulation games. You will benefit from inclusion in and engagement with research projects that our academic staff are currently undertaking.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Politics research seminars

The Department of Politics sponsors a regular research seminar series, which meets every two weeks during term­time and brings together academic staff and postgraduate and undergraduate students from the University.

The purpose of the research seminars is to provide a forum for the presentation of cutting-­edge research papers and to increase awareness among our students about developments in diverse themes of research in the field today.

We regularly invite high­-profile UK and international scholars to present their work, and we encourage discussions with the audience. All members of the University and wider public community are welcome to participate.

Research in the Department of Politics

Members of the Department of Politics conduct research and publish on a range of topics. Areas of specialism have included:

  • Citizenship and policy studies
  • Defence and security
  • Terrorism studies
  • International intervention
  • European politics
  • Political communication and the media
  • Foreign policy
  • Political psychology
  • Electoral behaviour
  • Political theory
  • Social exclusion

Expertise also extends to geographical areas of study, including eastern Europe, Eurasia, the Greater China area, India and Australasia. Your studies will, therefore, incorporate the latest thinking and research, with teaching delivered by leading experts.

Active in outreach

The Department of Politics is committed to outreach. It engages in stimulating outreach projects and opens its doors to students of local schools and colleges.

Past activities have included:

  • Giving research-­related talks to secondary education institutions and neighbouring universities
  • Contributing to the Education Liaison programme
  • Hosting a politics conference for schools
  • AS and A2 revision lectures
  • A Question Time event, incorporating an essay competition with a prize
  • Organising a Politics Month which includes a number of politics events
  • Launching a survey of British politics and electoral preferences in the wider Surrey community

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

It is possible to spend half or all of your third year on study exchange with one of our European partner universities. These include:

  • Aarhus University
  • University of Copenhagen
  • University of Maastricht
  • Istanbul Kemerburgaz
  • Science Po Aix
  • Universidad Pontificia Comillas

If you choose to study at a European partner, you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

We also operate an exchange scheme with:

  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Singapore Management University
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Brock University
  • La Trobe University
  • University of Wollongong
  • University of Queensland
  • Monash University
  • Victoria University, Wellington

The advantages of participation in the exchange scheme are numerous.

They include exposure to a different culture and the challenges of living in a new country, and the opportunity to learn a new language and experience new teaching practices and approaches to political science/international relations.

These challenges and experiences ensure that you emerge from the exchange year with increased self­confidence and widened employment opportunities that derive from your improved language competencies and communication skills.

You will also acquire a fresh perspective on your subject matter that significantly improves performance in your final year.

Careers and Professional Training 

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

All our BSc programmes have the option of a Professional Training placement after your second year. You can either take a politics and economics-related work placement or study politics and economics overseas, or a combination of the two.

In all, the placement allows you to apply and develop your understanding, as well as discover new approaches and elements.

The distinguishing feature of our degree programmes is their applied nature. You will be taught how to apply theoretical understandings of politics and international relations to world events and issues.

Additionally, we equip students with the skills necessary to find a placement. The aim of our Professional Training placement is to provide you with a chance to experience first­hand how politics operates in the ‘real world’, at a voluntary sector organisation, a government or local authority department, an MP or MEP’s office, or an international organisation.

Current and previous placement partners include:

  • Save the Children
  • IPSOS MORI
  • Cape Town Refugee Centre
  • Transport for London
  • Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (Berlin)
  • Access Madagascar Initiative (Madagascar)
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Ecole Bilingue de Haute-Savoie (France)
  • Shadow Defence Secretary's Office
  • A range of political parties – Conservative, Labour and the Socialist Workers Party

Graduate prospects

Graduates over the last few years entered employment in companies, organisations and public life such as:

  • Houses of Parliament
  • Deloitte
  • Snapdragon Consulting
  • City Year
  • YMCA
  • International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Surrey County Council

In addition, many of our graduates have gone on to study for Masters degrees in a range of programmes and countries. We are also proud of our record of alumni who have continued education up to doctoral level and become academic scholars in their own right.

Additional costs

There are no associated costs with with programme.

Optional expenses

Final year students may wish to participate in an optional trip to the Houses of Parliament whilst studying the 'Perspectives on the UK Parliament' module - £30 approx.

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: ABB.

Required Subjects: English Language or English Literature.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent). 

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.

Required Subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). 

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD.

Required Subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%.

Required Subjects: English with at least 7.5.

GCSE or Equivalent: Maths 6.

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32.

Required Subjects: English HL5/SL6.

GCSE or Equivalent: Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB.

Required Subjects: English Literature or English Language.

GCSE or Equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C; Maths - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

Required Subjects: A-level English Literature or English Language.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). 

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country:
English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years P531 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years U42A View KIS data set

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Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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