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Course summary

Taught by expert staff, undergraduate education in Politics at Durham is structured around the study of International Relations, International Organisations, Security and Theory. In addition to learning research skills, the degree includes the opportunity to study the politics and international relations of specific regions, as well as theoretical examinations that help us to understand how we make sense of a complex and inter-connected world. You will move from general study in these areas in your early years to more specialised options in Years 2 and 3. Modules in the second and third years reflect the research expertise of the School’s academic staff. Such areas include, but are not limited to: European Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Thought and Political Theory, Theory, Middle East Politics, the Politics of East Asia, International Relations, and International Political Theory. The School places great importance on research-led teaching, which integrates new and cutting-edge research into the curriculum and introduces you to a variety of research-oriented skills and research-based projects You will also have the opportunity to apply for a one-year study placement in one of the following institutions: Boston College in the USA; the University of British Columbia in Canada; the University of Hong Kong; and the National University of Singapore.


Year 1 Compulsory modules: Introduction to International Relations International Security, Interdependence and Organisation Global Regions in International Relations Researching Politics and International Relations. Plus one of the following: Democratic Political Systems Political Theory Comparative Politics One module offered by another department OR one module offered by the Centre for Foreign Language Study. Year 2 Compulsory modules: Research Project International Theory OR International Organisations. Plus four of the following which can include the one above not chosen previously: International Theory The Politics of Pacific Asia Foundations of Western Political Thought German Politics and Society International Organisations Sovereignty, State and Empire Global Political Economy Middle East in the International System Democratic Theory Politics and Identity in Contemporary Germany Class and Nation in British Politics Analytical Politics Crises and Conflict in European Studies One module offered by another department OR one module offered by the Centre for Foreign Language Study. Year 3 Compulsory module: Dissertation (Double). Examples of Optional modules: China in Global Political Economy Elections and British Politics Israel: Politics and Society The Theory and Ethics of Political Violence Women in Politics One module offered by another department OR one module offered by the Centre for Foreign Language Study.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Our contextual offer for this programme is A level BBB (or equivalent) to include a social science or humanities subject. To find out if you’re eligible, please visit:

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English language requirements

Durham University welcomes applications from all students irrespective of background. We encourage the recruitment of academically well-qualified and highly motivated students, who are non-native speakers of English, whose full potential can be realised with a limited amount of English Language training either prior to entry or through pre-sessional and/or in-sessional courses. It is the normal expectation that candidates for admission should be able to demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency before the start of a programme of study, whether via the submission of an appropriate English language qualification or by attendance on an appropriate pre-sessional course. Acceptable evidence and levels required can be viewed by following the link provided.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £23500* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
International £23500* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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