Department of Politics

Student experience

You can get involved in a variety of events and talks run by the Sussex Politics Society, go abroad to experience politics in European countries and work for an MP to gain work experience in politics.

Westminster internships

If you are a single honours politics student, you can apply for an internship with a Westminster MP or in local government at Brighton and Hove council in your final year. 

This opportunity allows you to try out what you have learnt in the classroom in the real world of politics and public policy. At the end of the placement you will write a dissertation based on your experience. 

International Politics trips

You can experience trips to Germany and France to learn more about the current political scene and meet politicians and academics there.

Past trips have included visits to the German parliament for discussions with politicians from major political parties as well as to other historical landmarks such as the Holocaust Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie and remnants of the Berlin Wall.

If you study French politics, you may have the opportunity to go on study trips to France, with previous trips including visits to Paris to attend debates in the National Assembly on same-sex marriage, quiz politicians at the Communist Party headquarters and visits to the Paris City Hall. 

Sussex Politics Society

University of Sussex Question time eventThe Politics Society is a student-led group which is passionate about politics. By joining the society, you can go to talks and events throughout the year and contribute to an annual undergraduate politics journal

You could attend events like the ‘Sussex Question Time’ event, where candidates competed for the seat of Brighton Pavilion and over 400 students and staff attended.

Regular events include 'Politics Wednesdays' where you and staff members discuss political issues. These events combine both political discussion and a social aspect, with members enjoying food and drink in the campus bar after discussions.

Politics Society activities in 2014/15 included:

  • film screenings
  • debates on the future of the UK, ISIS, and free speech
  • talks from members of staff about their research on corruption, foreign policy fiascos, inequality and French politics.

You will also attend a wide range of talks from external speakers, with previous speakers ranging from senior journalists and an ex-special advisor to a former political prisoner.

Student success 

Politics undergraduate students published the fourth volume of the Undergraduate Politics Journal in June 2015. Read the journal here [PDF 1.63MB].

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