Politics and International Relations at De Montfort University - UCAS

Course summary

Studying Politics and International Relations at DMU offers a dynamic experience, ranging from understanding theoretical ideas that underpin the way the world works to experiences beyond the classroom and engaging with real-world projects. This vibrant course will develop your understanding of political events and processes and the skills to use your knowledge in real-life settings. After a common core of modules that challenge you to think about politics from the local to the global, you will have the opportunity to follow one of two pathways specialising in either Politics or International Relations. On the Politics pathway, you can explore British Politics beyond Westminster, the politics of the Americas, race, identity and class in the City and the politics of sustainable futures. On the International Relations pathway, you will focus on global inequalities and development, security and peace issues and international crisis management. You will undertake a final project on a subject of your own choice, developing your skills and knowledge towards your career aspirations. Key features:

  • You will have the opportunity to engage with real political actors, including local councils, MPs and community organisations, on current issues.
  • Develop highly sought-after tranferable skills to prepare you for a wide range of careers related to Politics and International Relations and beyond.
  • Benefit from research-informed teaching from passionate academics who are actively engaged in the subjects taught, creating an intellectually stimulating learning environment.
  • Explore fascinating contemporary topics from environmental issues to poverty and inequality and sustainability. DMU is the only UK university to act as a global hub for UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 (to promote peace, justice and strong institutions).
  • Experience a range of teaching activities and a variety of assessment methods, ensuring your learning remains dynamic and enabling you to develop a broader range of skills.
  • Gain professional experience with placement opportunities that have seen students work in local government, not-for-proft organisations and with global companies.
  • Tailor the course to your own passions with a final project on a subject of your own choosing. Previous topics have included air pollution in London, the Black Lives Matter campaign, the rise of right-wing politics in the UK and cyber security in the USA.
Advanced entry For further information on the advanced entry options for this course please visit the DMU website - https://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/pre-edu-2030/international-relations-joint-ba-degree/international-relations-joint-honours-ba-hons.aspx


First year Block 1: Politics, People and Place Block 2: Ideas and Change in Politics and International Relations Block 3: Global Challenges: Politics and Social Policy Block 4: Democracy in Times of Crisis Second year Block 1: Making Public Policy Block 2: Political Research in Action Block 3: Choose one pathway from the below: Politics pathway: Political Theory: Why Big Ideas Matter International Relations pathway: Contemporary International Relations Theory Block four: Choose one pathway from the below: Politics pathway: Not in Westminster: National and Local Politics International Relations pathway: Global Political Economy: Gender, Race and Class Third year Block 1: Choose one pathway from the below: Politics pathway: The Politics of the Americas International Relations pathway: Global Inequalities Block 2: Choose one pathway from the below: Politics pathway: Contentious Politics in the City International Relations pathway: Security, Peace and Conflict Block 3: Choose one pathway from the below: Politics pathway: Sustainable Futures International Relations pathway: Tackling Global Crises Block 4: Politics and International Relations Project

Assessment method

We want to ensure you have the best learning experience possible and a supportive and nurturing learning community. That’s why we’re introducing a new block model for delivering the majority of our courses, known as Education 2030. This means a more simplified timetable where you will study one subject at a time instead of several at once. You will have more time to engage with your learning and get to know the teaching team and course mates. You will receive faster feedback through more regular assessment, and have a better study-life balance to enjoy other important aspects of university life. Structure The course is delivered through lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials, online activities, opportunities for field trips and self-directed study. Each module provides a two-hour surgery each week for individual consultation with the academic leading the course. You will also have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor and careers and/or subject meetings scheduled throughout the year. We have developed a range of alternative and authentic assessments including podcasts, posters, policy papers, blog posts, reflective portfolios, projects and photo essays that provide different ways to demonstrate your skills.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6including a minimum of 5.5 in each component

or equivalent

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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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
International £15750 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that fees for subsequent years of study for continuing students are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fee will be in line with RPI-X (linked to the retail price index) and the fee cap set by the Government.
Politics and International Relations at De Montfort University - UCAS