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International Politics is about how we tackle global challenges. World politics stands at a fascinating but difficult historical juncture, one that as political beings, we all need to understand, explain and, in part shape. With the relative decline of the ‘West’, the emergence of new powers and actors, and the increasingly complex and intertwined nature of local, national, regional, international and global problems, ‘international politics’ is entering a new era.
You will be taught in the world’s first department of international politics. It was founded in 1919 after the end of World War I in order to better understand the causes of war and to promote a more peaceful world. The degree in International Politics (with integrated study abroad) offers students the opportunity to study the concepts, practices, policies, histories and regions that make up international politics as a discipline with the option of studying in one of our partner universities in Europe and further afield.
The study abroad element will enable you to choose to study in one of our partner universities; we have a number of these in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. Your year abroad will be spent during your third year, and you will return to complete your degree in the fourth (and final) year.
What will I learn?
In your first year you will have the opportunity to explore:
A range of perspectives and approaches to the study of international politics;
The development and progress of key ideas and concepts in international relations;
The key political challenges in the 21st century;
Different perspectives on war, peace and revolution since 1789;
- Key issues in the fields of war, strategy and intelligence.
In your second and fourth years, you will have the opportunity to study issues such as:
Theories, approaches and perspectives in international relations;
A range of challenges facing the international system, such as globalisation, war, international terrorism, climate change, inequality, nuclear proliferation, global health epidemics, refugee and migrant crises, and secession;
- A variety of regional and national politics including Latin American, Russia, Europe and the EU, the BRICS, the Middle East, the UK;
International history in the twentieth century;
The history and development of political ideas and ideologies;
The range of security challenges facing domestic and international actors;
- A compulsory dissertation to demonstrate your substantive knowledge in your chosen subject area.
Your third year will be spent on a work experience placement of which you will source and organise with the assistance of our departmental staff and the University's careers team.
How will I be taught?
We deliver this degree through the medium of lectures and seminars, as well as workshops, simulations and role-plays.
We assess our students through essays, policy reports, examinations, book reviews, learning logs and presentations.
- We will also assign you a personal tutor throughout your time as an undergraduate student. This person can help you with any questions or problems, whether these are academic-related or personal issues.
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Main Site (Aberystwyth)|
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||128 - 104 points|
|A level||BCC - ABB|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM - DMM|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||30 - 28 points|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.|
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: firstname.lastname@example.org) 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. Level 3 KS/FS Communication may be acceptable in lieu of GCSE English or Welsh.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||B|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||With minimum 5.5 in each component.|
|PTE Academic||62.0||With minimum scores of 51 in each component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||88.0||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.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,000||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,000||Year 1|
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 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
Fax: +44 (0)1970 622709
Undergraduate Admissions Office (undergraduate enquiries)