University of Northampton

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Northampton

International Relations and Politics

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Course summary

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Choosing to study International Relations and Politics with us will provide you with an exciting and varied curriculum, as well as opportunities to apply your learning in international settings. Through this course you will develop a critical understanding of contemporary issues such as threats to global security, the changing nature of international co-operation and power alignments, environmental politics, the future of democracy, and the politics of communication. This course provides you with an excellent grounding for careers across the public, private and voluntary sectors. The transferable skills gained through studying International Relations and Politics are highly sought after by employers in a wide variety of contexts, such as public administration, commerce, marketing, public relations, management, journalism and international development. If you are seeking to work in an international capacity, particularly in areas connected with international policy and advocacy, then studying International Relations and Politics will give you a distinct advantage with future employers. A special feature of the International Relations and Politics course is the research placement in Stage Two, where you will have the opportunity to work with relevant organisations in the UK or abroad. Recent students have undertaken placements with members of parliament, in their constituencies and in parliament, as well as with political parties. By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:

  • You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.
  • Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (
  • Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
  • Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.
  • We invest more money into your education than 90% of Universities in the UK**
  • Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.
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  • In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that if you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.
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Course details


STAGE 1 • Introduction to International Relations (compulsory) • States, Empires and the Changing Global Order (compulsory) • Power and Vision: Introduction to Politics (compulsory) • Politics in the UK (compulsory) • Communication, Freedom and Democracy (compulsory) • International Development: Social and Cultural Issues and Debates (compulsory) STAGE 2 • Security, Terror and New Wars (compulsory) • Global North: Power and Transformations (compulsory) • Politics and International Relations in Practice (Placement Module) (compulsory) • Research Methods1 (compulsory) • International Field Module1 (compulsory) • Democracy in Action (designated) • Globalisation and Development in the 21st Century (designated) • Global Information Networks (designated) • The Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa (designated) STAGE 3 • International Relations & Politics Dissertation (compulsory) • Global Ethics and Identities (compulsory) • Development and Change in the Global South (compulsory) • Propaganda, Scandal and the Media (designated) • The Politics of the Dispossessed (designated) • The Political Economy of China (designated) • Contemporary Challenges in World Politics (designated) Module information is quoted for 19/20 currently.

Assessment method

The course is assessed primarily (though not exclusively) through continuous forms of coursework. We use a diverse range of assessments designed to develop both your knowledge of the course area and important key skills, including written and oral communication and critical analysis. Examples of assessments include traditional essays, short assignments, presentations, participation in debates, internet research assignments as well as interactive technology (e.g. computer gaming in relation to international diplomacy and strategy). Most modules involve two or three units of assessment spread out over the academic year.

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code5L9L
Institution code N38
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma M: 30 credits
Scottish Higher BBBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD Accepted at DM with an BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma at Merit, or with an A-level at C.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 25 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal M2, M3, M3

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

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
International Relations and Politics at University of Northampton - UCAS