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Placements and industry links

As well as youcreativecareersnetworkingphotor academic and practical studies, there is a wealth of connections with policymakers, business and industry experts among the staff in the Politics and International Relations department and wider Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. You'll gain enormous benefit from working alongside them.

Politics in Action: Our Innovative Placement Scheme

A politics and international relations degree opens doors to many careers but the experience and skills enhanced during a placement provide an extra dimension to the qualification. The Department of Politics and International Relations' new Politics in Action placement scheme is an assessed, full-year optional course that our undergraduate students can take in their third year of study.

The scheme saw its formal launch in September 2014 following a planning and course validation process lasting almost two years, led by Dr James Sloam, Dr Tom Dyson, and Professor Andrew Chadwick. 

Politics in Action has a novel structure that combines participation in a workplace environment for one day a week during term time (and three days a week during each term’s Reading Week) with a fully-validated academic work programme that encourages students to reflect on the nature of the organizational, professional, and policy contexts of their placement. 

Royal Holloway's Networks

There are numerous opportunities to gain practical experience in all kinds of fields by getting involved with our many student societies. PIRSoc, the Philosophy Society and the Diplomatic Society are active in a number of annual conferences where you will have the chance to apply your skills to real-life situations, such as the National Model UN conference in New York.



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