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Politics was an Ancient Greek idea, and they also provided the basis for the modern word we use today - it derives from 'politikos', meaning 'of, for, or relating to citizens'.
Today, politics is the process of gaining and exerting governance - organised control over a state or local community. Studying politics involves looking at how that power is handled, and where the power lies.
Political theory is also vital. Without theory we would not know many of the crucial elements of our own society. Students consider key questions like the nature of freedom and the strengths and limitations of democracy.

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Universities Offering Degrees within


Institution Name
Campus Style
Institution Size
Education Model
University of Bath
One main campus where all student facilities are based. It is 10 minutes on the bus from the City.
Large Institution 15,000-30,000
Highly Selective (10-25% admitted) Bath looks at applications holistically, looking carefully at personal statements.
All courses at University of Bath offer the opportunity of a professional placement or study abroad.
University of Birmingham
Our campus is just outside of the city centre of Birmingham, 7 minutes from our train station.
Very Large Institution >30,000
Selective (25-50% admitted)
We are a Russell Group university which hosts outstanding teaching and learning on campus.
Bocconi University
City Island Campus located close to the city center in a safe and vibrant area
Medium Institution 5000-15,000
Highly Selective (10-25% admitted)
Our programs provide ground-breaking and innovative course content through hands-on interaction
University of Bristol
Bristol's academic facilities are located in a defined campus area, separate to the accommodation.
Large Institution 15,000-30,000
Highly Selective (10-25% admitted)
Bristol's academic facilities are located in a defined campus area, separate to the accommodation.
Central European University (CEU)
City Island Campus - Tram stops and metro stations nearby. Many students bike to uni from the dormitory.
Small Institution <5000
Selective (25-50% admitted) - A panel of professors interview every finalist, and we admit roughly 25% of our applicants.
Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary, Liberal Arts
City University London
City Campus
Medium Institution 5000-15,000
Highly Selective (Business School), Selective, Somewhat Selective
We offer a range of programmes aimed at equipping students for professional life.
Duke Kunshan University (DKU)
China with a semester in the United States
DKU is a new campus in Kunshan, a large city located near Shanghai and Suzhou.
Small Institution <5000
Highly Selective (10-25% admitted)
Unique, new mutli-disciplinary model that results in both a Duke (US) degree and DKU (China) degree.
University of Edinburgh
Scotland - UK
A mix of City and Island Campus in a City – with several subject-based campuses that are spread out across the city centre and surrounding areas.
Large Institution 15,000-30,000
Selective (25-50% admitted)
Single and joint honours degrees, often with the opportunity to study additional outside modules.
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Common Degree/ Major Names

Peace Studies
International Affairs
International Relations
Global Affairs
Social and Political Sciences
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Useful Skills

Note Taking
Data Manipulation
Staying Motivated / Working Hard
Staying Positive (Resilience)
Problem Solving
Speaking (Verbal Communication)
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