Politics and International Relations at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS

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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information This course is moving into one of our new buildings at City campus. Teaching will mainly be delivered at our Collegiate campus until December 2024 while we get our new facilities ready. From January 2025 you will study in brand new facilities at City campus. Course summary

  • Advance your knowledge of politics, international relations and policy making
  • Gain a critical understanding of a wide range of institutions, ideologies and theories
  • Explore today’s issues in social justice, climate change and decolonisation
  • Learn in a global context, travel abroad, visit embassies and interact with policymakers
  • Join an active student community – debating, influencing and publishing articles to drive social change
By studying Politics and International Relations at Sheffield Hallam University, you will develop the skills to formulate and defend complex ideas – and the ability to think clearly and objectively. From local councils to the United Nations, you’ll learn from well-connected, global experts – preparing yourself to make a difference to local, national and international policy. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. On this course you’ll gain the skills you need for your political career. Your classwork is supplemented by guest speakers from the public, academic, non-governmental and campaign sectors. Not only do they provide different perspectives on real-world issues, they also offer an insight into the knowledge and skills you’ll need to work in their sectors. You’ll be taught by experts who help to build a friendly, interactive community where you can become the best you can possibly be. Our staff are recognised nationally – for example, one of our experts was recently invited to participate in EU research for the UK government. We also have great links locally with media outlets, Sheffield City Council and the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce – all really useful networking opportunities if you’re completing a placement during your studies. You learn through: Lectures and seminars Expert teaching Guest speakers Away days Workshops E-learning Placement opportunities Debates Key themes This course covers a broad spectrum, giving you the opportunity to explore your interests through a wide range of pathways. You’ll travel, learn about policy-making environments and talk to practitioners and advocacy groups – as well as having the chance to practise your skills in a model UN setting, work on live projects with local authorities, and interact with real policymakers. You can choose from a range of elective modules such as gender, peace & (in)security, understanding human rights, terrorism and counterterrorism, and international political economy. From Brexit, COVID and climate change, to the human issues of social justice, gender and decolonisation, you’ll delve into the big hot-button issues. You’ll leave Sheffield Hallam University able to form political arguments, debate effectively and influence decision makers. Course support You’ll be supported by staff every step of the way. This might be by working with others in small groups, or developing your own independent learning style. You’ll also be supported towards highly-skilled, graduate-level employment through a number of key areas. These include:
  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one-to-ones, webinars, and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments
  • Industry-specific employability activities such as live projects, learning in simulated environments and networking opportunities


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 Compulsory modules Planetary Politics And International Relations Post-War British Politics & Foreign Policy Researching Politics, International Relations And Society Social & Political Thought Year 2 Compulsory modules Europe, The European Union And Applied Advocacy Globalisation & Militarism Elective modules Applied Politics - Work Project Divided Societies Society And Nature: The Politics Of The Environment World Politics Of The Usa Year 3 Optional modules Placement Year Final year Compulsory modules Dissertation (Politics And International Relations) Elective modules Gender, Peace And (In)Security International Political Economy Terrorism And Counter-Terrorism  Understanding Human Rights: Disrupting Universalism

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16655 Year 1
International £16655 Year 1

Additional fee information

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2025/2026 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/2025 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found at https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/terms-and-conditions-and-student-regulations under student fees regulations. Our tuition fees for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduate/fees

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Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Politics and International Relations at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS