BA Politics and Sociology with Study Abroad

UCAS codeLL23
Duration4 Years
Typical offerAAA-ABB; IB: 36-32
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Sociology
Location Streatham (Exeter)


This Combined Honours programme allows you to combine the fascinating complementary disciplines of Politics and Sociology. In doing to, it enables you to study the social organisation, economy and cosmology of a range of societies together with their political ideas, institutions and practices.

You'll develop an understanding of the contemporary world, human behaviour and the forces shaping society, as well as a sound knowledge of the four principal areas of study: political thought, international relations, comparative government, and public policy. You'll examine social, political, historical, cultural and economic issues and study topics as diverse as class and social inequality, health and disability, globalisation, crime, countercultures, family life, gender and the development of cities.

Your work will be divided evenly between the two subjects, with no differences in the workload in comparison to the Single Honours degrees. In the final year, you’ll take a dissertation in either sociology or politics, depending on your own area of interest.

The programme is studied over four years. The first two years, and the final year, are university-based; the third is spent at a university abroad.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The BA Politics and Sociology with study abroad degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

You'll take half of your credits in Politics and the remaining credits in Sociology.

Please note that modules offered are subject to change, depending on staff availability, timetabling, and demand.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

SOC1037Introduction to Social Analysis: Classical Social Theory 15
SOC1038Introduction to Social Analysis: Contemporary Social Theory 15
SOC1019Contemporary Society – Themes and Perspectives 15
SOC1020Contemporary Society – Fields and Case Studies 15

Optional modules

Students take 60 credits from the Level 1 Politics Programme.

Politics modules
POL1001ABritish Government and Politics15
POL1006State and Society15
POL1016AHistory and Political Thought I15
POL1016BHistory of Political Thought 2 15
POL1017Globalization of World Politics 15
POL1018Facing the Challenges of World Politics in the Twenty-First Century 15
POL1019Power and Democracy 15
POL1020Politics in Europe 15
POL1023Politics and Economy of the Contemporary Middle East15

Year 2

Optional modules

Students to choose 60 credits of modules from Level 2/3 of the Sociology Programme


Students to choose 60 credits of modules from the Level 2 Politics Programme

Sociology level 2 modules
SOC2004Into the Field 15
SOC2005Theoretical Sociology 30
SOC2050Knowing the Social: perception, memory and representation15
Sociology level 3 modules
SOC3016Gender and Society30
SOC3028Media in Society15
SOC3029Sociology and Philosophy of Globalisation15
SOC3030Sociology of Art and Culture15
SOC3040Dissertation 30
SOC3046AThe Holocaust, Genocide and Society30
SOC3074Cyborg Studies 30
SOC3085Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society Part 1: Medicine and Social Control15
SOC3086Addiction 30
SOC3087Disability and Society15
SOC3088Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society: Part 2: Bodies in Society15
SOC3333Career Planning Workshops0
Politics level 2 modules
POL2020Contemporary Theories of World Politics 15
POL2057Security Studies 15
POL2071Experimental Research in the Social Sciences15
POL2052Foreign Policy: Leadership, Power and Responsibility 15
POL2047American Politics15
POL2075 Integration and Disintegration in the European Union15
POL2038International Relations, War and Peace in the Middle East 15
POL2076 Rising Powers, Peace and Conflict15
POL2050Political Philosophy 15
POL2059Political Thought of Modernity15
POL2060Public Policy and Administration 15
POL2072Race Ethnicity and Politics15
POL2057Security Studies 15
POL2046The Economics of Politics 15
POL2027The Politics of the World Economy15
POL2077Data Analysis in Social Science II15
POL2094Data Analysis in Social Science III15
POL2082Changing Character of Warfare15
POL2084European Union Foreign Policy15
POL2091Immigration in Western Societies15
POL2081Thinking about Race: Perspectives from the Biological and Social Sciences15
POL2078Governing the Public Sector: Bureaucratic Power and Politics15
POL2079Contemporary Public Debate in an Age of 'Anti-Politics'15
POL2062Comparative Politics: Approaches and Concepts 15
POL2026Political Analysis: Behaviour, Institutions, Ideas15

Year 3

Students spend this stage in a partner University on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange or other approved programme of study. The year abroad comprises 120 credits. Assessment is normally based on the credits gained at the partner institution

Year 4

The centre-point of the final year is the dissertation. This provides you with the opportunity to explore an area of interest and to demonstrate what you have learned over the previous years of your degree. You will also take up to three other specialist modules to create a programme of work fully reflecting your interests.

Optional modules

Students to choose 60 credits from Level 2/3 of the Sociology Programme.


Students to choose 60 credits from the Level 3 Politics programme

Sociology level 2 modules
SOC2004Into the Field 15
SOC2005Theoretical Sociology 30
SOC2019Introduction to quantitative research15
SOC2050Knowing the Social: perception, memory and representation15
SOC2222Career Planning Workshops0
Sociology level 3 modules
SOC3016Gender and Society30
SOC3028Media in Society15
SOC3029Sociology and Philosophy of Globalisation15
SOC3030Sociology of Art and Culture15
SOC3040Dissertation 30
SOC3046AThe Holocaust, Genocide and Society30
SOC3085Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society Part 1: Medicine and Social Control15
SOC3086Addiction 30
SOC3087Disability and Society15
SOC3088Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society: Part 2: Bodies in Society15
Politics level 3 modules
POL3069Globalisation and the Politics of Resistance 30
POL3070Electoral Politics 30
POL3074The Politics of Climate Change30
POL3120War and Public Opinion30
POL3123Strategy in the Twenty-First Century: From Idea to Practice30
POL3124Anarchism and World Ordering30
POL3125The History and Political Development of Iraq15
POL3126Ethno-Politics: Theoretical Considerations and Case Studies15
POL3127EU Democracy Promotion in the Middle East and North Africa30
POL3128Armed Islamist Movements: Jihadism and Beyond15
POL3129Politics and Reform in the Gulf15
POL3136Political Psychology30
POL3148Human Rights and the Political 30
POL3153Justice, Democracy and Civil Society.30
POL3156Central Asian Politics 30
POL3166Comparing Western Democracies: Parties, Elites, Institutions30
POL3168War and its Aftermath: Interventions and Contemporary Conflict30
POL3170Marxism and Post-Structuralism 30
POL3174International Security and US Foreign Policy 30
POL3175Nationalisms in the Middle East15
POL3177The Refugee Crisis in the Modern World30
POL3179City Politics: Power, Policy and Conflict30
POL3180Latin American Parties, Politics and Elections30
POL3184Politics of Semi-democratic and Authoritarian Countries30
POL3186BGender, Militarization and Resistance 30
POL3187Sub-National and Local Governance: A Practice Approach30

Entry requirements 2018

Typical offer

AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32

Additional selection criteria

We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.

We receive a large number of applications from well-qualified applicants and may not be able to make offers to all those applicants who have achieved or are predicted to achieve grades in line with the typical offer shown above.

In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.

*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

Your teaching will include lectures, tutorials and seminars, with a growing emphasis at each successive level on student-led learning.

We place considerable emphasis on teaching in small groups (15-20 students), which gives you ample opportunity to participate, as well as providing close contact between you and members of staff. In the third year much of your learning occurs in seminar groups led by a member of faculty on a specialised area of their research.

You’ll have a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies.

Research-inspired teaching

Teaching that is inspired by research ensures lectures are up-to-date and relevant and you will benefit from access to the latest thinking, equipment and resources. All staff teach final year options which are linked to their own interests which include the study of Middle East politics, comparative politics, public policy and administration, climate change and sustainability, ethno-politics, terrorism and security studies, electoral and political behaviour, political theory, study of culture, religion, consumption, music, science and technology, sport and the armed forces.


You will be assessed through a variety of tasks, including essays, individual and small group presentations, projects and exams. You may also complete a dissertation and/or project work, including a work placement project. You must pass your first year modules in order to proceed but your performance at this level does not count towards your final degree classification.

Study abroad

A full year abroad, at one of our partner institutions, is generally taken in the third year of a four year degree programme. You can apply directly for the four-year 'with Study Abroad' programme, or transfer from another programme once you are at the University of Exeter. An opportunity to study for one semester at an overseas partner institution may also be available. More details about study abroad options and destinations can be found on the College of Social Sciences and International Studies study abroad web pages.


Politics and Sociology graduates from the University of Exeter are highly successful in obtaining graduate employment or moving on to further study. Whilst studying for your degree, you will develop a number of skills that are useful in professional and managerial careers. The ability to research and analyse information from a variety of sources, together with the written and verbal skills needed to present and discuss your opinions and conclusions, are attributes that many employers look for in graduates. Your understanding of complex political and cultural issues, often in continually changing environments, can also be relevant to both business and public sector appointments.

Many students from the department take part in the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award. These schemes encourage you to participate in employability related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market.

Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Many employers target the University when recruiting new graduates.

Find out more about the destinations of Politics and International Relations graduates and destinations of Sociology graduateson our Employability site.

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