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Politics and International Relations and Philosophy BA

UCAS code LV25
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length
3 years full time
Department Politics and International Relations »
Philosophy »

This Joint Honours course allows you to study Politics and International Relations alongside Philosophy, enabling you to get to the core of current political thinking on the issues shaping the world around us and reflect on the wider implications of the decisions we make.

Politics and International Relations looks at political ideas and processes, as well as global issues such as war and security, diplomacy and development. You will gain a solid foundation in politics, the history of international relations and IR theory, studying subjects such as democracy, decolonisation, democratisation, international organisations, foreign-policy making, human migration and human rights. As you progress, the flexible nature of the course allows you to specialise in those aspects of domestic politics, political theory and international relations that most interest you, for example, the recent global economic crisis, changes in the European Union, human migration and the threats posed by terrorists and new communications technologies.

  • Ours is an active and engaged student community, and there are opportunities to take part in debating, Model United Nations and party political societies on campus
  • We offer students research placement opportunities with our staff, gaining valuable experience of working at the forefront of political enquiry

At Royal Holloway we have a unique approach to Philosophy that looks beyond the narrow confines of the Anglo-American analytic or the European tradition of philosophy focus on both traditions, their relationship and connections between them. The result has been the creation of a truly interdisciplinary and collaborative programme that brings together academic staff from departments across the university.

With the opportunity to examine (amongst other things) the mind and consciousness, aesthetics and morals, the self and others, the range of subjects available to Philosophy students at Royal Holloway guarantees that there will be something on offer that really engages you during your time with us.

Core modules

Year 1

Politics and International Relations: Classic and Contemporary Readings in Politics and International Relations

Politics and International Relations: Introduction to Modern Philosophy

Politics and International Relations: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy

Philosophy: Epistemology and Metaphysics

Year 2

The core modules in Philosophy are:

Introduction to European Philosophy 1 - From Kant to Hegel

This module introduces you to aspects of key texts by eighteenth and nineteenth century philosophers Immanuel Kant and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, which form the foundation of the major debates in both European, and some Anglo-American philosophy. You will explore major issues concerning epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics, and different approaches to these issues, which will be central to the rest of your philosophical and other studies in the humanities and social sciences.

Mind and World

This module examines some of the major metaphysical and epistemological problems that arise when attempting to understand how the mind and language interact with and in the world. It centres on attempts to conceptualise, solve, or avoid mind-body related problems in the analytic tradition and aims to contrast these with phenomenological and existential investigations of related problems.

Year 3

Philosophy: Dissertation OR Politics and International Relations: Dissertation

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Year 1

Politics and International Relations: Introduction to Politics and Government

Politics and International Relations: Introduction to International Relations

Politics and International Relations: Introduction to Research Methods in Politics and International Relations

Philosophy: Introduction to Logic

Philosophy: Mind and Consciousness

Philosophy: Introduction to Aesthetics and Morals

Year 2

Politics and International Relations: International Relations Theory

Politics and International Relations: Contemporary Political Theory

Politics and International Relations: Understanding the European Union: Politics and Theory

Politics and International Relations: International Relations Theory

Politics and International Relations: Democracy in Britain

Politics and International Relations: Contemporary Political Theory

Politics and International Relations: International Political Economy 

Politics and International Relations: The Politics of Migration and Ethnicity

Politics and International Relations: Empire and Decolonisation

Politics and International Relations: Political Behaviour

Politics and International Relations: War and Security in World Poltics

Politics and International Relations: International Organisations

Politics and International Relations: The Politics of Human Rights

Politics and International Relations: Introduction to Poltical Communication

Philosophy: Introduction to European Philosophy 2 - The Critique of Idealism

Philosophy: Philosophy of Psychology

Philosophy: Philosophy of Psychology

Philosophy: Practical Ethics

Philosophy: Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy: The Good Life in Ancient Philosophy

Year 3

Politics and International Relations: Public Foreign Policy in the European Union

Politics and International Relations: Politics in Action

Politics and International Relations: The Politics of the Internet and the Information Society

Politics and International Relations: The Politics of Modern Germany

Politics and International Relations: Radical Political Theory

Politics and International Relations: The British in India - A Social & Political History

Politics and International Relations: The Politics of Toleration

Politics and International Relations: Social Justice - Theory to Practice

Politics and International Relations: Contemporary Middle East Politics

Politics and International Relations: US Foreign Policy

Politics and International Relations: Comparative Foreign Policy

Politics and International Relations: Young People’s Politics

Politics and International Relations: The Making of Modern South Asia

Politics and International Relations: Gendered Communities - Women and Nationalism in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia

Politics and International Relations: The Politics of Africa

Politics and International Relations: Defence in the Post-Cold War World

Politics and International Relations: Understanding China’s Rise - Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy

Politics and International Relations: Refugees and Migration in World Politics

Philosophy: Philosophy of Psychology

Philosophy: Practical Ethics

Philosophy: Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy: Modern European Philosophy 1 - From Husserl to Heidegger

Philosophy: Modern European Philosophy 2 - Poststructuralism and its Critics

Philosophy: Recovering Reality

Philosophy: Philosophy of Psychology

Philosophy: The Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy: The Good Life in Ancient Philosophy II

The course has a modular structure, whereby students take twelve course units at the rate of four per year. Some course units are compulsory while others are elective thereby offering flexibility and choice.

Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and end-of-year examination in varying proportions, depending on the course units you choose to take. The first year is foundational and marks do not count towards your final degree. The second year and final year marks do count, with more importance being given to the final year marks in order to reward progress and achievement.

Typical offers

Typical offers
A-levels AAB-ABB
 

The offer given will take into consideration:

  • subjects taken at A level
  • the educational context in which academic achievements have been gained
  • whether the Extended Project Qualification is being taken
Required/preferred subjects

Preferred subjects: History, Government & Politics, Law, Economics, Philosophy, RE, English Literature, Sociology, Geography, Psychology.

At least five GCSE passes at grades A* to C, including Maths and English. 

Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate 6,5,5 at Higher Level with a minimum of 32 points overall
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject area 
BTEC National Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject plus one A-level grade B 
BTEC National Extended Certificate Distinction plus two A-Levels grade B,B 
Welsh Baccalaureate Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate
Scottish Advanced Highers AB plus Higher Level requirements 
Scottish Highers AABBB plus Advanced Higher Level requirements 
Irish Leaving Certificate H2,H2,H3,H3,H3 at Higher Level 
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass with at least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit. Please note that the Access to Higher. Education Diploma will only be acceptable if the applicant has had a considerable break from education 

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International and EU entry requirements

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English language
requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall
  • with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in each remaining subscore

For equivalencies please see here

 

For more information about entry requirements for your country please visit our International pages. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer an International Foundation Year, run by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, students can progress on to selected undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Our outstanding record of success for work and further study puts Royal Holloway in the top 10 for graduate career prospects (Complete University Guide, 2015). It goes to show that our degree programmes not only promote academic achievement but also the means to hone the life-skills necessary to excel, post-graduation.

Choosing a politics based degree at Royal Holloway provides you with a wide range of important transferable skills, enabling you to approach problems in a rigorous, analytical and critical way and to communicate clearly and concisely in both speech and writing. Our graduates leave us with skills and knowledge that not only makes them attractive to employers in a broad spectrum of careers, but prepares them for further advanced study and research.  Adding philosophy into your studies not only prepares you well for postgraduate study it also equips you with the skills and qualities that employers are looking for. Philosophy degrees are well-regarded by employers because they give you the capacity to think through issues and problems in a logical and consistent way and to develop critical and transferable skills which can be applied in almost any area of employment from computing to the arts.   

So, by choosing to study this intellectually demanding discipline you will develop a broad range of highly prized transferable skills, such as:

  • the ability to communicate views and present arguments clearly and coherently
  • the ability to critically digest, analyse and summarise complex ideas
  • time management and the discipline to meet deadlines
  • organisation and research skills
  • problem-solving skills and capability

Many of our graduates also go on to further study, entering postgraduate programmes both at Royal Holloway and at other prestigious institutions around the world. Graduates of this department have secured jobs in a wide range of professions, such as the law, the civil service, accountancy, management, journalism, broadcasting, teaching, international development and diplomacy. In fact, six-months after graduation, 90% of our most recent graduates are enhancing their skills with further study or forging careers in companies and institutions such as:

  • Bloomberg
  • The Church of England
  • Citigroup
  • The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
  • The Conservative Party
  • Ernst & Young
  • The European Commission
  • Global Capital
  • HM Treasury
  • The Henry Jackson Society
  • House of Commons
  • Ipsos MORI
  • The Labour Party
  • KAYAK
  • NATO Headquarters
  • Oxford Business Group
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Quadrangle
  • Save the Children

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £9,250

International students tuition fee per year 2017/18**: £14,000

Other essential costs***: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course

How do I pay for it? Find out more.

*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year. This amount is subject to the UK Parliament approving a change to fee and loan regulations that has been proposed by the UK Government. In the future, should the proposed changes to fee and loan regulations allow it, Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for UK and EU nationals annually. If relevant UK legislation continues to permit it, Royal Holloway will maintain parity between the tuition fees charged to UK and EU students for the duration of their degree studies.

**Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for international fee paying students annually. Tuition fees are unlikely to rise more than 5 per cent each year. For further information on tuition fees please see Royal Holloway’s Terms & Conditions.

***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.

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