University of Sheffield Politics

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University of Sheffield Politics

University of Sheffield Politics

Through this course you’ll explore the policy process across a range of regional, national and international settings, developing a critical understanding of the relationship between input and output dimensions of governance and policy making.

You’ll also develop a detailed practical understanding of the political, economic and social drivers that shape governance, from agenda-setting through to implementation and evaluation.

The Department of Politics has an international reputation in the field of governance, and this course gives you the chance to study alongside academics with unrivalled expertise in areas such as policy analysis, democratic governance, Europeanisation and global governance.

Winfred Syombua, student in the Department of PoliticsCore modules

  • Analysing the Policy Process
  • Understanding Politics
  • Dissertation in Politics, Governance and Public Policy

Optional modules

  • Democratic Governance in the Twenty-first Century: Problems, Innovations and Solutions
  • Politics and Governance of the European Union
  • Policymaking in the Real World
  • The Politics of Global Migration
  • Wellbeing in Politics and Policy
  • One option module chosen from another course


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars


  • Essays
  • Dissertation
  • Group work

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Part-time study involves the same number of credits and learning hours spread over two academic years.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Applicants with relevant work experience and good academic potential will also be encouraged to apply.

English Language requirements

This course requires an overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other components.

Entry requirements for international students