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University politics courses see 'rise in applications'

Published: Wednesday, 22 April 2009   Category: Public sector

There are an increasing number of students looking to get into graduate politics jobs, if applications to study the subject at university are anything to go by.

According to the Independent, Professor Vicky Randall, chair of the Political Studies Association (PSA), has linked a rise in higher education politics courses with the impact of the popularity of US president Barack Obama.

Undergraduate applications for politics are up by 16.7 per cent from January 2008, according to Dr Jacqueline Briggs, also from the PSA, and those with degrees in the subject have a wide array of graduate job opportunities.

Dr Briggs told the newspaper that graduate jobs in local government, the civil service, or political journalism are available to university leavers with the degree, as well as non-governmental organisation (NGO) or charity work.

The green sector has seen a 50 per cent increase in the UK despite the recession, providing hope for those looking for graduate jobs with political responsibility.


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