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International Relations and Politics

University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Overview Do you want to understand the causes of war and conflict in the international system, and why some states are poor while others are rich? Are you also interested in what democracy, freedom and equality mean to different people? Do you want to understand developments in British politics, and the relationship between the UK and the EU? If so, an international relations and politics degree may be right for you. This degree offers the opportunity to study all of these issues, and many more. You'll enjoy an excellent balance between the analysis of global trends and the investigation of issues closer to home in the UK and Europe. The knowledge and skills you develop on this course could lead you to a career in local and national government, security, teaching, lobbying, academic research, the charity sector and the media. 93% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017); 91% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018) What you'll experience On this International Relations and Politics course you'll:

  • Combine your interest in politics with the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career
  • Keep up to date with the latest topics and issues in international relations by taking part in 'pop-up seminars' with staff and your peers
  • Visit parliament and take part in our Model United Nations through our Academic Enrichment Programme
  • Learn from staff who are members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), the UK's largest research centre of its kind
  • Have the opportunity to publish your work in our student journal and present at our student conference
  • Develop career-enhancing skills alongside your academic study with skills training, opportunities to do work experience and the chance to learn another language
  • Do a detailed academic analysis of major recent international events, such as the Ukraine Crisis, the 'Occupy' movement, the rise of ISIS and the effects of the Arab Spring
  • Tailor your degree by choosing optional modules that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Have the chance to study abroad at one of our partner institutions – for example, Science Po Strasbourg (France), Maastricht University (Netherlands), Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and University of Szeged (Hungary)
Careers and opportunities When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry or support you in identifying postgraduate study opportunities. What can you do with an International Relations and Politics degree? Graduates from this degree have gone on to careers in areas such as:
  • government
  • academia
  • the security services
  • international organisations like the UN
  • international charities such as Amnesty International and the Red Cross
  • policy research
  • think tanks
  • charities
  • media and international business consultancy
  • political risk analysis
  • public relations
What jobs can you do with an International Relations and Politics degree? Job roles former students have gone on to include:
  • parliamentary researcher
  • political advisor
  • public affairs consultant
  • social researcher
  • political risk analyst
  • conference organiser
  • local government administrator
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career. "I've worked for the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, the United Nations, before ending up leading a new team at Uber -- and I’ve found the skills I developed on this degree have been highly adaptable, and helped me change direction when I’ve needed to." – Alex Thompson-Armstrong , BA Hons International Relations and Politics student

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Core modules in this year include: - Analysing Politics: Britain and Beyond - Global Development - Key Themes in International Relations - Performing Like A Pro: Skills For Academic and Professional Success - Political Thought - Politics and IR: Academic Enrichment Programme There are no optional modules in this year. Year 2 Core modules in this year include: - Analysing Foreign and Security Policy - Ideology and Politics Optional modules in this year currently include: - Bending the Truth a Little? Researching Politics and International Relations - British Political Leadership - China and East Asian Economies - Democratisation in Latin America - East Asian States and Societies - Economics and Politics of Development - From Revolution to Dictatorship - Russia & the Soviet Union 1917-1941 - Gender in the Developing World - Global Environmental Issues and Concerns - International Community Development - International Politics of the Middle East - International Thought - Introduction to Teaching - Learning from Experience - Modern Foreign Language - Politics and IR: Academic Enrichment Programme - Politics and Policy in Action - Russian & Eurasian Politics - Study Abroad - US Foreign Policy: From the Great War to 9/11 - US Politics Placement year (optional) On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. Year 3 For your core module this year, you'll have a choice between doing a dissertation or major project in an international relations or politics subject area. Optional modules in this year currently include: - Africa Revisited: Nation Building and 'State Fragility' in Post-Colonial Africa - Autocracy and Democracy - Comparative Public Policy and Public Administration - Digital Media and Democracy - Ethnicity Class & Culture in the Developing World - France in the World: Global Actor or Global Maverick? - Global Capitalism: Past, Present and Future - Learning from Experience - Looking for Utopia, Finding Dystopia? Ideas and Ideologies in the New Millennium - Negotiation and Lobbying in the EU: A Simulation Game - NGOs and Social Movements - Politics and IR: Academic Enrichment Programme - Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates - Rethinking Aid and Development - Security Challenges in the Twenty-First Century - Strategic Management and Leadership - Strategic Studies - Transitional Justice & Human Rights We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through: - written exams - coursework: article reviews, essays, projects, briefing papers - individual and group presentations - 10,000 word dissertation You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows: Year 1 students: 25% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 67% by coursework Year 2 students: 25% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 68% by coursework Year 3 students: 3% by practical exams and 97% by coursework


Unistats information

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95%
Student satisfaction
40%
Employment after 6 months (Most common jobs)
90%
Go onto work and study

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points 96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.
A level 96-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM - MMM
Access to HE Diploma 96-112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* - DD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 96-112 Tariff points.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 25 points 25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H4 - H3, H4, H4, H4, H4
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 42 -48.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14300 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,500 Year abroad of a language course £2,500. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**
International Relations and Politics at University of Portsmouth - UCAS