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Politics and international studies

Undergraduate study

Entry 2012

Key facts

Why Hull? | 1 Frequently asked questions | 3 Admissions | 6 Which degree? | 8 Undergraduate study | 14 Careers | 16

For students entering with A levels, we would normally expect three passes at the grades shown in the table. Applicants with qualifications other than A levels should consult the Undergraduate Prospectus for information about acceptable equivalents. Contact the Admissions Service via if you have any queries. We will consider applicants with fewer than three A levels, although we do not normally expect AS alone to be a suitable basis for admission. We support the introduction of Key Skills in the post-16 curriculum and we will take it into account when considering applications.

Degree course

UCAS code

Average entry grades

Politics Politics and International Relations Globalisation and Governance British Politics and Legislative Studies War and Security Studies History and Politics Philosophy and Politics Politics, Philosophy and Economics Politics, Philosophy and Economics (including Foundation English Language) Politics, Philosophy and Law Politics, Philosophy and Law (including Foundation English Language) Religion and Politics

L200 BA/P

ABB (320 pts)


L254 BA/PIR LL92 BA/GloGov

ABB (320 pts) ABB (320 pts)

3 3


AAB (340 pts) ABB (320 pts) ABB (320 pts) ABB (320 pts)

4* 3 3 3


ABB (320 pts)



ABB (320 pts) ABB (320 pts)

4 3


ABB (320 pts) BBC–BBB (280–300 pts) AAB (340 pts) ABB (320 pts)

4 3

Law and Legislative Studies Law with Politics

Admissions contact Kay Nock Admissions Coordinator Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX 01482 466191

Dates of semesters Semester 1 24 Sep – 14 Dec 2012

Semester 2 28 Jan – 10 May 2013


Length (years)

4* 3

* Year 3 is spent in Westminster with a Member of Parliament. In this pamphlet we have tried to present as full a picture of Politics and International Studies at Hull as possible, but no doubt we haven’t thought of everything. Further information on admissions is available in our entry in the University’s Undergraduate Prospectus; and if you do apply to Hull, we hope you will come to one of our open days, where there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions. But if there is anything you need to know now, please write to or email us (contact details are given on pages 6–7).

Why Hull?

Our Department of Politics and International Studies is extremely highly regarded Independent surveys show that the Department of Politics and International Studies is one of the finest in the UK. Its student-centred approach, range of courses, staff expertise and employer networks combine to make it a student destination second to none. • The Guardian University Guide 2012 ranked us among the top eight politics departments nationally for the quality of our teaching. • The 2010 National Student Survey placed the department in the UK’s top 10 for learning and teaching. • The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise stated that 75% of our staff’s research was ‘internationally recognised’, with 33% ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘worldleading’.

Nowhere, we believe, are students better looked after • In the 2010 National Student Survey, 94% of our students praised staff’s ability to explain things. • We have a fully structured student support system within the department. Every student is allocated a personal supervisor who will want to ensure that all is going well for you (and will be your first point of contact if it is not). Heads of Year add another layer of support for students. • Our student-run societies (the Politics Society and the War Society) have full staff support and organise meetings addressed by politicians and leading academics as well as social gatherings. • The Staff–Student Committee, your formal means of participating in departmental governance, meets to ensure that we know your views and act on them. • Like all Hull students you have access to our outstanding Careers Service. For further details, check out their website at Even after they have graduated, many former students keep in touch throughout their careers. Our Graduates Association is an active body, organising meetings, often at the House of Commons, and maintaining a strong sense of community among different generations of Hull graduates.

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Our students are exceptionally successful not just in getting jobs but in getting the best jobs The University of Hull has an exceptionally good track record in the area of graduate employability. In addition, Politics staff in particular are integral to a range of political and academic networks – something that really matters when you are job hunting. The Graduates Association’s Public Affairs Directory, now in its 10th edition, puts you in contact with other members of the ‘Hull Mafia’ and brings you to the attention of blue-chip employers who have hired our graduates before and are keen to do so again. We say much more about careers later in this pamphlet.

The University of Hull is among the most student-friendly in the country The Daily Telegraph rightly called Hull, with its attractive tree-lined campus three miles from the city centre, the ‘friendly university’. In partnership with the students’ union we cater for most of your social, intellectual and leisure needs on campus. There are societies, films, bars, gigs, sports and debating opportunities. We have a renowned Art Collection, the Donald Roy Theatre (one of the best university theatres in Europe), shops (including a Waterstone’s bookshop) and a regular market. And, with many bistro-style cafes dotted around the campus, it will not take you long to discover your own favourite haunts.

Our academic staff are national and international experts in their field Our work has been independently (and competitively) assessed as being of international excellence. Our research is commissioned by local, national and international bodies. We regularly give policy advice to ministers. In some universities you will almost never meet the most senior members of staff; at Hull all staff participate fully in our teaching programme. We believe that our research helps bring our teaching to life, and that integrating the two enables us to create an academic community embracing everyone from the most senior professor to the newest first-year undergraduate. It is into that community that we shall, if you join us, be proud to welcome you. Further information about our staff, their expertise and their research interests are available from our website via

In some universities you will almost never meet the most senior members of staff; at Hull all staff participate fully in our teaching programme.


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Frequently asked questions This section contains brief information, all of it expanded later.

What degrees do you offer? We offer five Single Honours degrees and nine Joint or Combined Honours degrees, as listed on page 6.

How many A levels do I need? Normally three passes. Otherwise you will need to demonstrate different strengths and achievements, and satisfy us that you have the ability to obtain a degree. AS alone is seldom enough; but if you had wholly exceptional reasons for not progressing, tell us what they are and we will look at them carefully: we know well that some people without A levels can, with the right support, turn into excellent students. We do not require Key Skills but take them into account as appropriate. See the inner front cover for typical grade offers.

Do I need to have A level Politics? No. We seek only an interest in the subject and a willingness to learn about it.

Do you count General Studies as an A level?

I want a good job. Why should I study politics? A Hull politics degree aims to give you a head start in applying for posts in the civil service, journalism, television, public relations, international governmental and non-governmental organisations and charities. But our graduates work in a far wider range of fields than this. For examples and more details see page 16. A degree from this department can also be of great help to those hoping to climb the greasy pole of politics itself. Several of our graduates are currently MPs, a senior staff member is a Member of the House of Lords (as are several former staff members), and our British Politics and Legislative Studies BA enjoys a formidable reputation with all the main parties at Westminster.

Do you interview applicants? The only formal interview is for our British Politics and Legislative Studies degree. However, we like to meet those to whom we intend making a formal offer, so if you are in that position you will be invited to an open day. This will give you and your parents a chance to meet both staff and students, and to satisfy yourselves that Hull is the right university for you.


How much flexibility will I have in what I study? What about international students? We actively welcome the presence of international students, whether or not they have A levels. International applications are processed speedily by post or electronically. See page 6.

A lot. In fact you will have a wide choice of modules, and your options will increase as the course progresses. We describe the structure of our degrees on page 14. Some modules involve intensive teaching for one semester, others less intensive teaching over a whole year, so our structure is tailored to suit all tastes and learning styles.

What about mature students? The University encourages applications from people of all ages and backgrounds. We consider applicants on the basis of academic qualifications at Level 3 (A level or equivalent) and/or on the basis of other relevant knowlege and skills. Admissions tutors may interview some applicants.

I’m thinking of taking a gap year. Am I allowed to defer my entry? Yes: while we appreciate that for some earning money is the main priority, ideally we hope you can use the year to do something creative or adventurous, making it a period to look back on with pleasure and pride. If you decide to take a year out, we wish you well and will hold your place for the following year. Though a gap year is not for everyone, for some people it enables them to bring more knowledge and experience to their studies than if they had joined us straight from school.

If I come to Hull, will I have the chance to do a practical placement? Yes. The department offers two placement schemes through its Westminster Hull Internship Programme (WHIP). The well-established British Politics and Legislative Studies degree includes one year working for an MP at Westminster. All other Single Honours students are eligible to apply for a One Semester Internship. This exciting opportunity, fully integrated into our assessment structure, allows selected students to spend one semester of their final year at Westminster or at a location relevant to their degree course. We also offer opportunities to study abroad at universities in Hong Kong, Europe and across North America and Australia. For more information please visit our website via

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The Guardian University Guide 2012 ranked us among the top eight politics departments nationally for the quality of our teaching; the 2010 National Student Survey placed us in the UK’s top 10 for learning and teaching; and recent statistics show that 86% of Hull’s politics students progress to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Our Westminster Hull Internship Programme is an amazing opportunity: a year’s placement or semester-long internship with an MP. It’s helped create such a landslide of our graduates into the corridors of power – as MPs, civil servants, researchers and political journalists – that they’ve become known as ‘the Hull mafia’.

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Admissions We offer five Single Honours degrees and nine Honours degrees taught in collaboration with other departments: Single Honours degrees • Politics (UCAS code L200 BA/P) • British Politics and Legislative Studies (L230 BA/BPLS) • Globalisation and Governance (LL92 BA/GloGov) • Politics and International Relations (L254 BA/PIR) • War and Security Studies (L252 BA/WSS) Joint degrees • History and Politics (LV21 BA/HP) • Philosophy and Politics (LV25 BA/PhP) • Politics, Philosophy and Economics (L0V0 BA/PPE) • Politics, Philosophy and Economics (including Foundation English Language) (LVQ0 BA/PPEFEL) • Politics, Philosophy and Law (LVM0 BA/PPL) • Politics, Philosophy and Law (including Foundation English Language) (VLM0 BA/PPLFEL) • Religion and Politics (VL62 BA/RP) • Law and Legislative Studies (ML12 LLB/LLS) • Law with Politics (M1L2 BA/LP) We give individual consideration to every application and look for a wide range of evidence that you will be a good student. When we read your UCAS application we not only look at your academic achievements and forecasts; we also consider your school’s view of your character; evidence of leadership, sporting achievement or community service; skills and interests; how you present yourself on paper; and evidence of a genuine interest in politics. Typical offers are as shown in the table on the inner front cover. All candidates who are offered a place are also invited to an open day. These give you and your family a chance to find out more about us, to meet academic staff and to talk to our present students. We appreciate that, especially for candidates from overseas, time, distance and cost may make it impossible for you to visit us personally, so for you we have constructed what we hope is an informative website at But where possible a visit is preferable, and we urge all UKbased candidates able to do so to attend. We accept General Studies as a full A level and do not require you to be studying Politics. In fact we have no preference at all as to what subjects you are taking. We keep a close eye on A level syllabuses to ensure that if you have not studied Politics you will not be disadvantaged and that if you have you will not be bored.

Informal enquiries are welcome: just phone our Admissions Coordinator, Kay Nock – her contact details appear on page 7. Kay will deal with queries promptly and efficiently. Or, to contact our Departmental Admissions Tutor, email

Mature students We welcome applications from mature students. We treat all applications on their merits, and, while we naturally prefer you to have pursued further education since leaving school, we understand that this is not always possible and that you may have had life experiences which have taught you things of equal or greater value. Not least in fairness to you, we do, however, check carefully that you have the ability and commitment to obtain a degree, and applicants without the usual qualifications will be interviewed.

International students We actively welcome applications from international candidates: every year students from all parts of the globe add much to our community. We look carefully at your qualifications, be they A levels, the International or European Baccalaureate, or any other qualification. If English is not your first language we naturally require evidence of proficiency. Our normal requirements are IELTS Band 6, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Grade C or TOEFL iBT 8+. Many international students arrive in August and take the Language Institute’s excellent introductory programme. This helps you linguistically, inducts you to our culture and helps you meet other international students. We recognise fully how challenging, and yet exciting, studying abroad is, and our staff here are experienced in helping you settle in. From the moment we offer you a place you will be allocated an international admissions supervisor whom you can email at any time with any queries, and who will ensure that you are fully prepared for your time with us. We welcome European exchange and North American JYA students. The latter should normally have at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Students with disabilities We welcome applications from disabled candidates, for whom we have excellent facilities in the Miriam Hebron Centre. See the Disability Services website at, and do not hesitate to contact us for further advice and information before applying.

Further information


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Kay Nock Admissions Coordinator Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX 01482 466191

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Which course? BA Politics Our BA in Politics provides a broad knowledge and understanding of political processes and institutions. If your interest in politics is wide-ranging and you do not want to commit yourself to a more specialised choice when you apply, this degree could be for you. It will steer you into the core knowledge of the discipline, enabling you to choose second- and third-year modules on the basis of your developing interests and career aspirations. In your first year you receive a solid foundation in politics, taking introductory modules covering political philosophy, comparative politics, international relations and British political history. In short we equip you with the core knowledge necessary to make sense of the discipline as a whole. As well as a module of your choice from outside the department, first-year modules will include • British Political History since 1945 • Human Nature, Society and the State • New Media and Politics In the second and third years your core teaching reduces and your choices increase. You may have identified a career preference where specialisation is advisable, or have developed a fascination for one broad area of study – from European politics to South-East Asia, from security studies to the US presidential system. Alternatively you may prefer to be free to pick a variety of new topics and leave us with a mature and wide-ranging grasp of the political ideas and processes that influence so much of our lives. Have a look at our website via for a comprehensive list of the many modules on offer. In the second year you not only study the British governmental system, political theory, and research in politics but also make your own choices from a wide range of options. In your third year you have an even greater choice of coursework and, closely guided and supported by an appropriate member of staff, write a dissertation on any relevant topic of your choice. If you don’t come with a particular specialism in mind but want to sample what the discipline has to offer and then be increasingly free to plan your own course, the BA Politics, our largest-intake degree, is a very smart choice. And don’t forget that as a student on this degree you will be eligible to take part in our internship programme.

If you don’t come with a particular specialism in mind but want to sample what the subject has to offer and then plan your own course, the BA Politics is a smart choice.


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‘After coming to visit, I knew the University and the British Politics and Legislative Studies course were made for me. It was no surprise to find out that Hull had been called ‘the friendly university’ – or that the incredibly lively and enthusiastic Politics Department had been voted the friendliest department in the friendly university. Even better was the course! Where else can you get such phenomenal access and contact-making opportunities within Parliament? But it wasn’t just the course that had me hooked – the Uni itself has so much to offer students, in social and extra-curricular as well as academic activities. And with so much support being offered, I’ve been able to revitalise the Politics Society!’ Aaron Speer BA British Politics and Legislative Studies

BA British Politics and Legislative Studies (BPLS) This unique four-year degree includes a one-year placement in the House of Commons. As this is a more specialised course than our BA Politics, we offer you more of a steer in your module choices and you will take modules in British Politics, Parliament and Comparative Legislatures. We still believe in maximising choice, however, so you will also benefit from the wide and varied range of module options available in the department. You will thus have a strong theoretical and practical grounding in parliamentary procedures and behaviour but your learning, if specialised, will not be narrow. The days are long gone when an understanding of Britain alone was sufficient to enable specialists to make sense of our history and politics. So in your first year in particular you will be introduced not only to British politics, but also to both political theory and international relations. At the Palace of Westminster you will take two practitioner-led seminar courses and enjoy the rare privilege of being able to undertake the original research on which to base your final-year dissertation. Above all, however, you will be assigned to an individual MP (who may be from any party). MPs who have supervised our recent students include Austin Mitchell, Ed Balls, Chris Smith, Michael Howard, Ann Widdecombe, Bernard Jenkin, Bruce George, David Davis, Yvette Cooper, Lembit Opik and William Hague. BPLS is for you if you have an interest in parliamentary politics or are considering a career in political consultancy, parliamentary research, the civil service or the media, and BPLS graduates are especially attractive to ‘public affairs’ employers. The QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education) agreed: they described BPLS as an ‘invaluable learning experience’, and the numerous graduates of this prestigious course would be quick to concur.

BA Globalisation and Governance Global economic trends affect both rich and poor as profoundly as, if more subtly than, more dramatic events such as war and terrorism. The ways in which governments and trans-governmental organisations manage international commerce is as much a political as an economic issue, so this degree is immensely attractive to people wishing to study such aspects of international politics as trade, development and globalisation. You will find the BA in Globalisation and Governance especially helpful if you are considering job hunting among international charities promoting economic development or human rights, economic organisations such as the World Bank, IMF or WTO, or the multinational corporations which are now such big players on the world stage. We know you will encounter stiff competition in these areas, but many past students have been successful, and, while we make no promises, we shall certainly do our best to help you do as well as they have, if not better. Globalisation and Governance involves studying international and global phenomena as well as the increasing number of institutions with intertwined political, economic and social dimensions. A particular feature of this degree is that by drawing upon our expertise in specific geographical areas you will be able to acquire an in-depth knowledge of a whole range of relevant issues. These include world economic order and disorder; economic globalisation and regionalisation; trade, aid and development; the non-military projection of power; and relationships among states, markets and global organisations. As with our other specialist degrees, you will take some broader-based politics modules as well, but we offer a clear specialist focus, and in your third year you will, with expert guidance, write a dissertation of 15,000 words on a topic of your choice. And don’t forget that as a student on this degree you will be eligible to take part in our internship programme.


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BA Politics and International Relations Recent terrorist attacks and the enduring terrors of poverty, disease and warfare remind us that world politics is, literally, a matter of life and death. This degree looks beyond the headlines to study wealth, poverty, international law, international organisation, non-governmental organisations and military strategy – the themes and issues that drive international politics today. In the first year you take introductory modules in world politics, warfare, the Cold War and comparative politics. Thereafter you have considerable latitude to structure your own course with optional modules covering areas as diverse as the global economy, development, international organisations, European politics, foreign policy, and the causes and conduct of war. The degree is ideally suited to those hoping for a career in foreign affairs, the media or global commerce. The course will also meet your needs if you have a general interest in global politics but do not want to pursue a career in it. In fact we have increasingly found that in an ever more interconnected world many ‘blue-chip’ employers in a wide range of areas favour applicants who can demonstrate a sound grasp of international affairs. And don’t forget that as a student on this degree you will be eligible to take part in our internship programme.

BA War and Security Studies This exciting and imaginative degree gives you a thorough understanding of the nature and political functions of war and armed conflict from both historical and contemporary perspectives, as well as of the role of armed force in maintaining peace and security. You will spend your first year studying conflict and terrorism in the new world order and the nature of war itself; and you will also make a study of the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War. In your second year you will take more advanced modules in modern strategy, foreign policy, and international security and defence policy. In addition you will be able to choose from a wide range of options, including • • • •

Sea Power Air Power Insurgency and Peace Support Conventional War since 1945

In your third year you will write a specialist dissertation under close and expert supervision. You will also be presented with a range of possible areas of study, including • • • • • •

Intelligence and National Security Global Communications and International Politics International Politics of the Environment Nuclear Strategy The Vietnam War British Defence Policy since 1945

This degree will equip you for a wide range of careers, not only in such areas as the armed forces (including the special forces), the intelligence service, the Diplomatic Corps and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, but also in the many professions where a combination of analytic ability and up-to-date knowledge of international relations and security is at a premium. And don’t forget that as a student on this degree you will be eligible to take part in our internship programme.

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Degrees with other departments A joint degree is a perfect choice if you have an interest in two distinct but related disciplines. Joint Honours degrees naturally tend to be slightly less flexible than Single Honours because you have to master the basics of two subjects, but we have never found this to be a problem. On the contrary, students who take our joint degrees often value the opportunity of, as it were, getting two subjects for the price of one. We offer four Joint and four Combined Honours degrees: • • • • • • • •

History and Politics Philosophy and Politics Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) Politics, Philosophy and Economics (including Foundation English Language) Politics, Philosophy and Law Politics, Philosophy and Law (including Foundation English Language) Law and Legislative Studies Law with Politics

Joint degrees are split 50:50, so you take half your modules in one department and half in the other; PPE entails an equal three-way split involving also the Department of Philosophy and the Business School.


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‘I wasn’t sure of Hull before I came to visit but, having travelled up on my own to the open day, I immediately felt like I belonged. Everyone was so friendly and accommodating! I had been primarily interested in history, so it was a shock to most when I chose a politics degree. I had never studied politics before and wasn’t sure of what to expect. But my tutors were fantastic. They never left me stranded. Many women are wary when applying to a course like War and Security Studies as they believe it will be male-dominated. This is true, but in the years I’ve been here I’ve seen that women are just as capable of discussing such subjects. The draw to Hull is not just academic. We also have a fantastic students’ union with societies for everyone. I’ve always been involved in the War and Security Society (or WarSoc), and I recently became its first female president. It’s great fun and a good way to get to know the people on your course and to get help from students in the years above. I’m so glad I picked the Politics Department – the staff (academic and administrative) are great. Whatever you want from your university experience, politics at Hull is the way to go!’ Lisa King BA War and Security Studies

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Undergraduate study

Degree structure One of the strengths of Hull degrees is that they are all modular. Each has a set of core modules which cover the essential elements of the degree, together with a range of optional modules which allow you to tailor the degree to your own interests and needs. Though naturally your module pattern will vary according to the degree you take, the overall logic of the scheme is consistent. All degrees begin with mainly core modules designed to ensure that you have the essential knowledge to proceed, and then allow you as much choice as possible in designing the rest of your course. In fact our final-year modules cover almost every area of politics: few other politics departments can offer such diversity. And, because we are quite a large department, we can offer a very wide range of modules. You can expect to take six modules a year – four you will complete in a single semester and two you can take at a more leisurely pace over a full year. And you are free to take one of these modules in another department; indeed we encourage you to do so, as this can be a mind-broadening experience. For full and up-to-the-minute details of the range of modules on offer, go to our website via

Teaching and learning We like to think that our department combines academic excellence with friendliness and informality. All the team, academic and secretarial, are very approachable and take a keen interest in students’ progress and development. We were especially pleased that the 2010 National Student Survey ranked us so highly (UK’s top 10) for learning and teaching, reflecting the level of support we offer students and the learning facilities available to them, because these are areas to which we are strongly committed and to which we have devoted much effort. Not surprisingly, we have very low levels of withdrawal and academic failure.

Teaching quality Teaching in Politics is of very high quality, well thought through and often innovative. Intended learning outcomes are made clear to students, sessions are effectively organised, and pace and methods are appropriate. Examples of best practice include the use of role play within tutorials and the successful running of seminar groups by the students themselves.

Our modules cover almost every area of politics: few other universities can offer such diversity.


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Academic facilities and support The University’s Brynmor Jones Library holds 270,000 items in the social sciences, of which 40,000 are in politics, with 360 politics periodicals and 82 web-based journals. We have a wide range of specialist holdings, including a European Documentation Centre and a Collection of Parliamentary Papers. We have excellent IT facilities, with 1,000 PCs on campus, some of them in our 24-Hour Centre, and dial-in access for students. Study-bedrooms are networked, and IT support is available in halls of residence. Should you wish to perfect your language skills (or your skills in English if you are an international student) or learn a new one, our state-of-the-art Language Learning Centre is available to you: have a look at the Modern Languages website via

The University’s Brynmor Jones Library has a wide range of specialist holdings, including a European Documentation Centre and a Collection of Parliamentary Papers.

The University’s Study Advice Service offers educational support and guidance in key areas such as IT skills, academic English, study skills and numeracy. Our departmental study skills programmes, designed with politics students in mind, will help you adjust to the demands of your particular course of study.

Personal support The University has always given a high priority to student support. A professional and confidential Counselling Service is available if you have difficulties that you would prefer to discuss with someone outside the department. Our excellent multifaith chaplaincies are a source of friendship and support to many, while for Muslims we have a dedicated prayer room. The Careers Service, one of the best there is, offers advice at any time during (and beyond) your stay with us. Nightline is a confidential listening and information service provided by the students’ union. The union’s Advice Centre offers free and impartial advice and information. Last but by no means least, as a member of the department you will have a personal supervisor as a first port of call in case of problems. He or she will have dedicated office hours when you are welcome to look in without appointment; in practice, though, we try to be accessible most of the time.

Teaching style and assessment In most modules you will learn in a combination of lectures and small tutorials or seminars; by the final year virtually all your learning will be in seminars only. Our emphasis on small-group work (most of our groups are for about 8–12 students) permits and encourages high levels of student participation, and makes our teaching varied, creative and stimulating. Modules are assessed at the end of the semester in which they are taught, normally by a mixture of essay and examination. First-year assessment is ‘qualifying’ only. This means that you must pass the year to qualify to progress to the second year, but your marks do not count towards your degree. Your degree classification is calculated on the basis of second- and thirdyear module and dissertation marks.

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Careers Hull politics graduates enter a wide range of careers in politics, public relations, the media, business, management, finance and administration. For more details have a look at our Graduates Association website (go to Politics via Many graduates stay in touch through membership of the Graduates Association, a very active body which organises a number of meetings each year, often at the House of Commons. The number of alumni working in public affairs is such that the Graduates Association publishes a Public Affairs Directory, the vehicle by which senior graduates offer help and networking opportunities to junior colleagues on the understanding that, one day, it will be their turn to do the same. Not surprisingly the phrase ‘Hull Mafia’ is widely used to describe London-based graduates in particular.

Political activity A number of former students have been elected as Members of the British and European Parliaments. Some are or have been Special Advisers to Cabinet ministers; one was Special Adviser to the Prime Minister. Politics graduates have worked in the headquarters of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties. One is presently Assistant Director of the Conservative Research Department; others serve as research assistants to MPs or MEPs.

Civil servants Hull graduates are to be found in the Home Office, the Department for Education and Skills, the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office. Others serve in the Scottish and Northern Ireland civil services and the European Commission.

The media A number of our graduates have secured jobs in the printed and electronic media. Some work in the BBC as editors or producers; some work for ITN (in one case as Programme Editor) and Channel 4; others are with independent production companies, national newspapers and the regional media.

Universities Others have taken lecturing and research posts at, for example, the LSE and the Universities of Oxford, Bath, Exeter, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham, Strathclyde, Ulster and Wales.

Political consultants Many graduates have been snapped up by Westminster-based political consultancy firms such as APCO, Connect Public Affairs, GJW, LSA Charles Barker, Shandwick and Westminster Strategy. Others have taken posts as parliamentary officers for leading firms and charities.


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Free Elective Scheme Studying for a degree at the University of Hull is a unique experience. We aim to provide you with an education that offers both depth and breadth of knowledge. To meet these ends the University has developed an optional Free Elective Scheme. This scheme enables the majority of undergraduate students to take one module a year from outside their main course of study.

Admissions policy Admissions information provided in this pamphlet is intended as a general guide and cannot cover all possibilities. Entry requirements are generally stated in terms of A

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level grades and/or UCAS points,

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Here you take modules from your main course of study.

Here you have the option to take a free elective or another module from your main course of study.

This publication is intended principally as a guide for prospective students. The matters covered by it – academic and

What sort of subjects can I take? You can take almost any free elective module from outside your main course of study, usually at your home campus. You can even take a module from another faculty. The catalogue of free electives might include • • • • • • • • •

Space Science: Fact and Fiction Computers and Applications The Idea of Europe Introduction to Psychology Modern Science Fiction History through Film Fitness Training Principles Anarchism and Contemporary Global Protest Hit the Ground Running – Career Tactics for the 21st Century

among a wide range of other modules from diverse subject areas.

otherwise – are subject to change from time to time, both before and after students are admitted, and the information contained in it does not form part of any contract. While every reasonable precaution was taken in the production of this brochure, the University does not accept liability for any inaccuracies.

Address For general enquiries, please write to Admissions Service University of Hull

What are the main reasons for participating? • The scheme gives you the opportunity to study a subject without having to commit yourself to taking further modules in that subject area. • By taking a free elective you are able to follow up your interests as part of your degree. • With a broader education you may acquire extra skills that will help you when you enter the employment market.

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