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The State Opening of Parliament 

The UK general election took place on Thursday 4 July 2024. The new Parliament met on Tuesday 9 July 2024 for the election of the Speaker and swearing-in of MPs and Lords. The State Opening of Parliament and The King’s Speech will take place on Wednesday 17 July 2024.

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Parliamentary Studies module

Parliamentary Studies is a higher education module which is co-taught by university tutors and officials from the Houses of Parliament. It is the only higher education module formally approved by the Houses of Parliament.

How does the Parliamentary Studies Module work?

The module provides students with a detailed knowledge of how Parliament works in both theory and practice.  It is delivered through a collaboration between the Houses of Parliament and a UK higher education institution; the institution provides academic and theoretical content, and Parliament provides practical teaching about the work, processes and business of Parliament.

Which universities are delivering Parliamentary Studies?

The following universities are currently delivering Parliamentary Studies:

  • University of Bath
  • Birkbeck University of London
  • University of Birmingham
  • Brunel University London
  • University of Cardiff
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Essex
  • University of Hull
  • Keele University
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester
  • Newcastle University
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Royal Holloway University of London
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Swansea University
  • University College London
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of the West of Scotland

Twenty-three universities have been awarded the right to deliver the Parliamentary Studies Module from the academic year 2024/25.

Further information

For more information about the Parliamentary Studies Module, please contact us.

Related links


Hansard (the Official Report) is the edited verbatim report of proceedings in both Houses

Parliamentary Archives

The Parliamentary Archives provides access to Parliament's historic records

Visit Parliament 

Parliament is open to all members of the UK public to tour the building and watch debates