International Relations with History is the perfect combination if you're seeking to understand the evolution of the political, social and economic world we live in today. It blends the expertise of two departments giving you choice from a range of modules and areas of study. On this scheme you will reflect on key questions such as: how did the international political structures that govern us evolve and why did they take the form they did? How have relations between states, societies, and peoples changed over time and what have been the central factors shaping those developments? You will also learn about the evolution of key ideas and concepts in politics, history, international relations and historiography. By choosing to study for a degree in International Relations and History at Aberystwyth University you will be a part of an energetic and lively educational and research community. Why study International Relations and History at Aberystwyth?
- You will be taught in two departments with long and prestigious histories. History has been taught at Aberystwyth since 1872, and the Department of International Politics was the world's first when it was founded in 1919.
- The Department of International Politics is ranked in the top 40 in the world for academic reputation. (QS, 2017).
- In the latest National Student Survey (NSS), Aberystwyth University was ranked in the top 10 for the quality of its teaching in the subjects of History and Politics.
- As a student on this course, you will be mentored and guided by lecturers who are enthusiastic, and committed to providing you with an outstanding and dynamic learning environment.
- Our teaching is innovative, research-based and designed to develop your transferable skills in areas such as analysis, interpretation and communication, which will prepare you for a wide range of careers.
- You will have the opportunity to participate in our renowned ‘Crisis Games’; a three day role playing exercise in political, economic and diplomatic manoeuvre, developing negotiation and communication, critical thinking, team work, and problem-solving skills.
- Both departments offer you the opportunity to study abroad. Studying at one of our partner universities can offer you a new perspective on your subject and the opportunity to deepen and supplement your studies at Aberystwyth. Check out our Where can I go? page to find out more.
- Both the Department of International Politics and the Department of History and Welsh History offer a number of degree schemes and modules taught entirely or partially through the medium of Welsh.
- the civil service
- security services
- governmental research departments
- public affairs
- social research.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
- Course code:
- Institution code:
- Campus name:
- Main Site (Aberystwyth)
- Campus code:
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed above represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. If you cannot find the qualifications that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: [email protected]) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.
Additional entry requirements
A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Business, Mathematics, Psychology and Science degree schemes also require a minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent).
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced
|Cambridge English Proficiency
|With minimum 5.5 in each component.
|With minimum scores of 51 in each component.
|With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.
If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.
The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.
Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland
Additional fee information
Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers/Estranged Students and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.
Course contact details
Department of International Politics (undergraduate enquiries)
+44 (0)1970 622708
+44 (0)1970 622709
Department of History and Welsh History (undergraduate enquiries)
+44 (0)1970 622662
+44 (0)1970 622676
Undergraduate Admissions Office