The Undergraduate Programme
Academic work on the Programme is divided between courses, guest lectures and supervised research. Autumn and Spring semester modules inlcude ‘Parliament & Politics’, examining the context, procedures and politics of British parliamentary democracy, and ‘Politics & Public Policy’, analysing current policy issues, including the economy, civil liberties and foreign policy. Autumn and Spring Scholars also pursue an individual research project and produce a dissertation paper of 8,000 – 10,000 words in length.
Summer Scholars take one two part course. Part I examines Parliamentary procedure and current themes in British politics. Part II provides the cross-cultural and professional context for the internship and helps Scholars to devise and develop strategies for using their internship experience and acquired skills for career and resume-building.
Scholars are required to attend a Guest Lecture every other week throughout the Programme. Guest lecturers in past programmes have included former Conservative and Labour Cabinet ministers, MPs and peers from each of the main British political parties, political journalists from the BBC and national newspapers and experienced lobbyists, campaigners, and policy experts.
The Hansard Scholars Programme is eligible for academic credit, awarded at the determination of the student’s home institution. Universities from the USA typically award 15 credits to students upon successful completion of the Autumn and Spring Programmes and 6 credits for the Summer Programme.
More information about the academic modules.
All Hansard Scholars undertake an internship which is individually selected by the Hansard Society to match your interests, expertise and career aspirations.
As a Hansard Scholar your internship may be with a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons or a Peer in the House of Lords, writing speeches, carrying out research and attending parliamentary meetings; you may be in the parliamentary clerks’ office – with unprecedented access to the behind-the-scenes workings of Parliament; or with media groups, researching articles and analysing the work of the Government; or with a campaign group, helping to devise and run media campaigns on key social and political issues. You may be based in the national headquarters of a political party or in one of the other many organisations and businesses which drive forward the policy agenda in the UK and beyond.
More information about the internship placements.
Cultural and Study Visits
Scholars in Edinburgh
As a Hansard Scholar you will be living in London, one of the social, political, and cultural capitals of the world. From the rich history of the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace to the trading floors and soaring heights of the modern financial City, from the world famous art collections held at the Tate and National Galleries, to the bustling, eclectic street life of Notting Hill, Soho, Islington and Portobello, London is an unforgettable city at the heart of Europe.
The Hansard Society makes sure that you experience the best that London and the UK have to offer. Every semester – at no extra cost – we organise a programme of study visits, day-trips, and theatre trips for all Hansard Scholars. In the past, these have included:
- Four-day political study visit to Edinburgh, Scotland
- Day-trip to the historic city of Oxford and lectures in the world famous Oxford University
- Bus tour of London
- Theatre trips to some of the top shows playing in London’s famous West End