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Politics at University

Question Posted Monday June 18 2012, 5:11 pm


I see you study Politics at university?

How are you finding it? And where about in the country do you go? Are you enjoying it? How are the prospects afterwards?

I may apply for politics next year, so trying to decide between Politics and History?


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rainbowcherrie answered Monday June 18 2012, 5:40 pm:
I've just finished my second year and so far it's been okay. To be perfectly honest, half of it has been quite boring but that should change next year because I've chosen all my modules (at my uni you can't choose any for first year, and only two for second) so I'll be able to specialise more. It completely depends on the course though, so it's really worth looking in detail at the modules you'll be taking so you can decide whether or not they interest you.

One thing I would say is that being passionate about it helps, a lot. There is absolutely no point trying to do a 3 year degree in a subject like this unless you care about it and you already take an interest in politics and current affairs.

We share some modules with people doing the Politics and History course and from what I can gather, the majority of them seem to find the politics side of the course far more interesting. In my personal opinion, Politics and History isn't really worth it. Having said that, if you do a joint honours you can always specialise in third year if you find you're more interested in one side of it.

As for prospects, it's hard to tell with the economy the way it is at the moment. Politics is a fairly broad subject and it's a degree which equips you with some good transferable skills. Most of the people on my course are looking to go into careers in journalism, the civil service and local councils, and many of us are considering going on to do MAs or PHDs. Teaching is also an option if you do a postgrad.

Like any degree, you're going to have to supplement it with extra curricular activities and voluntary work. I would strongly advise you to find out about the students' union at any university you apply to. Some are better than others and it's worth considering that when applying. A good union will have lots of societies, activities and opportunities to get involved.

I'd rather not disclose which university I go to on here, but if you're interested then feel free to ask me on my forum (the link is on my column).

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