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Politics and International Relations

BA
  • UCAS code L290
  • Option 3 years full time
  • Year of entry 2019

The course

BA 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 through the degree, 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.

By combining Politics and International Relations, you will gain an advanced understanding of how individuals, groups and states interact across borders, and how political institutions and ideas differ around the world.  As you progress through your studies, you will engage with important contemporary challenges, including, for example, the recent global economic crisis, changes in the European Union, human migration and the threats posed by terrorists and new communications technologies.

The Department of Politics and International Relations has a strong commitment to high-quality, cutting-edge research, all of which informs our teaching. We are a research community that applies various theories and methods to the study of domestic, transnational, regional and global politics.  We have expertise in African, British, Chinese, European, Middle East, North American and South Asian politics, and our research covers areas such as security, democratisation, youth politics, international diplomacy and political communication, as well as contemporary and radical theories of democracy and power.

  • Learn how to approach problems in a rigorous and analytical way.
  • Gain a solid foundation in politics, the history of international relations and IR theory.
  • Our graduates pursue roles in many sectors including the civil service, public affairs and law.
  • Consider contemporary challenges, such as terrorism, climate change and refugees.
  • Work placement opportunities at MPs’ offi ces, NGOs and local government.
Top 10

UK Politics department for research intensity

Source: THE REF 2014: Subject ranking on intensity

92%

of students say the courses are intellectually stimulating

Source: NSS, 2017

93%

of our Politics and International Relations graduates are employed or go on to further study within six months of graduating

Source: DLHE, 2017

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