International Relations and Politics
School - School of Arts & Media
Subject area - Politics and History
UCAS Code: L290
Start Dates(s): September
UK - £9,250 per year
International - £12,300 per year
- Study abroad in Europe, USA, Australia, or Canada
- Westminster Parliamentary Placement and television work placement opportunities
- Highly rated for research and teaching
- Overseas study available
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
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.
Optional modules typically include:
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.
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.