In an age of globalisation, our daily lives are affected by what happens across the world – from the financial crisis to war and conflict, international relations matters. It shapes government policy, affects our job prospects and quality of life, and the lives of others.
In many cases, global politics and the decisions of those in power can have dire consequences for populations and how we live. In this course, you will explore different ideas and explanations about international relations, and consider the consequences of different ideologies and policies in global politics. If you want to understand why wars occur, why states cooperate with each other (or not), and how ideas affect lives, this course is for you.
Furthermore, this is a truly international course – you will study with a diverse international cohort and have the opportunity to spend your second year studying abroad, immersing yourself in a different culture and new experiences.
This course develops not only your knowledge of international relations and politics, but key transferable skills which are vital to a vast range of career prospects. Graduates from this course have progressed into a number of areas including the civil service, political analysis and research (government advisory departments), local government, international organisations, campaigning organisations (charities, non-governmental), journalism, publishing and media.
This course is designed to develop your knowledge of international relations and politics in a structured manner by first providing a foundational background in international relations theory, history and key concepts and theories of politics. Your first year modules are designed to cover these.
In your second year, you take two core modules and then develop your interests with four optional modules of your choosing. You can also study abroad for a semester or two, or take a language module.
Your third year dissertation gives you the chance to really explore a topic you are passionate about, and you also get to choose from a wide variety of module option choices, or take up our placement opportunities.
Your first year is designed to introduce you to key concepts in politics, the major theories of international relations, international history and British and global politics. You will also develop a range of crucial skills (research, writing, organisation) necessary to complete your studies to the highest possible standard.
In your second year, you take two core modules and choose four from a range of options so you can develop your interests and explore new topics. Importantly, research training is built into your second year so you are prepared well in advance for your most important piece of assessment: your dissertation.
In the third year you will complete a dissertation on the subject of your choice. This is your opportunity to develop your ideas and research a topic that you have selected. The dissertation counts as two modules. You also choose four options from a range of module options, or take advantage of our placement opportunities (Westminster Parliamentary Placement or the Channel M Placement).
There is also the opportunity to take advantage of one of our placement opportunities (Westminster Parliamentary Placement or the Channel M Placement) for one semester:
Part-time students complete the course of study in six years, allowing two years to complete each level. At each level, you may choose which modules to study in each year. A total of three modules must be completed each year, with a minimum of one module per semester. This is a typical part-time degree structure:
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|University of Salford International Foundation Year:||Pass in all modules|
|UCAS tariff points||240-280 points|
|GCE A level||240-280 points. General studies accepted, history or politics desirable|
|BTEC National Diploma||MMM-DMM|
|Scottish Highers||240-280 points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||240-280 points|
|International Baccalaureate||25 points|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
We are looking for students who are passionate about global politics: this could mean you are simply keen to learn more about global relations, or you are concerned about major problems in global politics. Our students are inspired by critical thought and approaches, so you should be prepared to question and challenge a range of phenomena.
The skills you need include an ability to write and express yourself clearly, a desire to learn about topics and read as widely as possible in order to construct strong arguments, and an ability to be critical – and self-critical. You need to think abstractly, and at times, outside the box. You will develop your debating, writing, reasoning and argumentation skills in this course.
You will benefit from a diverse range of teaching methods:
You will be assessed through a combination of exams and coursework such as essays, presentations and portfolios. Most modules incorporate some form of assessment as they progress in order to allow you to identify your strengths and weaknesses prior to undertaking your final exam or essay.
A typical selection of modules will result in assessment by:
Exact proportions will vary according to your option module choices: some modules are assessed entirely by coursework, others are a combination of coursework and exam. You may also choose to do a dissertation.
This course develops not only your knowledge of international relations and politics, but key transferable skills which are vital to a vast range of career prospects. In any well-paid job or career you will need presentation skills and an ability to communicate your ideas clearly. Good writing and research skills as well as the ability to deploy a variety of innovative techniques are essential.
These skills have seen our graduates find employment in local government and the civil service, consultancy, publishing, working for an international organisation (such as the EU), media, and multinational organisations and companies.
Graduates from this course may progress on a number of career paths, and thanks to the transferable skills you develop as part of this course, you have many options. Popular career destinations include:
This course is designed to support your personal development and skills to enhance your employability. You will learn to work to deadlines, write clearly and effectively, present your ideas in a professional style, develop vital research skills and methods of communication. These are all desirable and essential skills necessary for well-paid jobs.
Mark Ellams graduated in 2010 (first class) and has worked teaching English as a volunteer in Cambodia. He also spent a year studying in Poland as part of his degree. “The experiences and good times that I had will stay with me forever… All in all a fantastic time… Plus you actually get paid to go and have these fantastic experiences.”
Carl Ollerhead joined the programme in 2005, stayed on to complete the MA in International Relations and Globalisation, and has since been active in local politics. He has worked for the David Miliband campaign in the North-West during the leadership election, and is now a local election agent and organizer, elected to the board of trustees for a local charity group. He has also become the secretary of that group.
Jerry Jallow graduated in 2010 and is now completing his MA in International Development: Politics and Governance at the University of Manchester: “Lecturers and tutors were very good not only in the field of international relations, but also in transferring their knowledge to students. They had time for students, which was also a key factor to my valuable experience, as it gave me the chance to develop an interest in areas that I had never previously thought about.”
Alfred Tortor graduated in 2010 and is now completing an MA in International Relations at Leeds University: “I really enjoyed the professionalism of the lecturers, the informal teaching environment, the easy availability of academic support, and was amazed at the up-to-date learning facilities. I also benefited from the Salford Graduate Gateway Training Programme, which I completed in July 2010 and got a three month placement as a Research and Market Strategist in a media company in Salford Quays. I strongly recommend studying at Salford.”
You may be able to take part in the Parliamentary Placement Scheme, spending six months in the Westminster office of an MP. You may also take part in the Manchester Television Placement Scheme, where you spend two days per week undertaking research for a television programme on current politics for Channel M. You are also encouraged to attend seminars throughout the year, which give you the chance to meet with people from the industry.
The placements, guest speakers and seminars help you to understand how the industry works and informs your career path after leaving University.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
As a UK/EU student you could be entitled to:
As an International student you could be entitled to:
The Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship is currently available to international students who achieve ABB at A level (or equivalent).
Start Dates: September