BA (Hons) Politics and War Studies

BA (Hons) Politics and War Studies

Politics at all levels is fundamentally about power. By combining Politics with War Studies, you will focus on how power is challenged and developed when states come into conflict with one another. You will consider how political institutions and ideas can both maintain social order and drive people to war.

On this degree you will develop advanced skills in political analysis. You will address urgent political questions from local, national and global perspectives, gaining a deeper understanding of the institutions and processes which drive modern states. You will also explore how wars start and end, the morality of war and the concept of a ‘just’ war. You will draw on history, media, American studies, film, literature and more to deepen your understanding of War and Politics.

Topics you will study include:

  • The causes and consequences of international conflict
  • Peacekeeping
  • War and the media
  • Globalisation and the role of the state

There are many opportunities to take your learning beyond the classroom - You can get involved with local and international field trips, undertake work experience within the city or choose to study abroad as part of your degree. We make use of York’s rich heritage by interacting with local experts including Yorkshire Air Museum, Yorkshire Film Archive and war veterans living in the local area.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

This degree builds skills which are applicable to many different career paths. These include problem solving, developing arguments, analysing and evaluating information, collaboration, independent working, communication and more.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • The armed forces
  • Local government
  • Policy development
  • The Civil Service (they offer a Fast Stream graduate scheme)
  • Political and social research
  • Journalism

Course Details

Year 1

Introducing Politics: Key Concepts and Skills
Introduction to War Studies
Why Wars Begin
'Politics and …’: An Interdisciplinary View
Comparative Politics
Political Philosophy: Themes and Thinkers
War and the Media

Year 2

Political Ideologies
The European Union
International Relations: Theory and Practice
War in the West
Practical Politics
Political Analysis: Theory and Method
The Face of Battle
Peace Organisations
The Republic in Danger: France in the World 1914-62
Mao’s China: From Empire to Communism
The Nation Divided: The Civil War Era in American Life

Year 3

Dissertation in Politics OR Dissertation in War Studies
Short Dissertation in Politics
Global Governance
The Morality of War
The Middle East
The Political Economy of Crisis
The Politics of Global Health
Special Subject in War Studies
The American Way of War

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