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International Relations with Politics University of Plymouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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Learn how to critically debate political processes while gaining an in-depth knowledge of the relationships between nations and processes of globalisation and global governance. You’ll be immersed in investigating how the international world works, and as an informed, critical graduate your skills will be in demand, giving you employment opportunities with organisations across the globe.

You will explore the evolution of politics internationally, and debate contemporary worldwide issues, current affairs and major political events. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to gain insights into international relations worldwide through our international students exchange programme. You will be inspired by teaching rooted in research, and stay up-to-date with the current issues shaping global politics. You will differentiate yourself in an international sector with industry experience.

  • Focus on the diversity of the international world, in particular post 1945 developments and the processes of globalisation. These twin themes will be reflected and addressed in sessions on international political economy, international security and the third world.

  • Explore the evolution of politics internationally. Debate contemporary worldwide issues, current affairs and major political events. Ask those difficult questions about war, hunger and poverty in the developing world.

  • Travel the world through our international student exchange programme. From the Czech Republic and Poland, to Canada and the USA, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to gain insights into international relations worldwide.

  • Be inspired by teaching rooted in research. Our staff are leading experts in their fields, and through our Politics and International Studies research group, you’ll stay up-to-date with the current issues shaping global politics. Our team’s areas of expertise include popular protest in the Middle East, British and American foreign policy, development in Africa, global environmental politics, security studies and the politics of the European Union.

  • Engage with contemporary international issues and take part in exclusive events, film screenings and lectures, through the student-run Politics and International Affairs society (PIA Soc).

  • Benefit from a course which received excellent ratings for teaching and student satisfaction, in the Guardian’s University Guide 2015 (within the subject league table for Politics).

  • Differentiate yourself in an international sector with industry experience. As journalists, politicians' assistants, and public affairs consultants, our graduates have gone on to work for the European Union, United Nations and UK Civil Service.

  • Investigate daily headlines. Discover the international and political ideas that influence society. Emphasise the diversity of the international world where traditional approaches will be measured against new ways of looking at how the world works.

Course details

Modules

In your first year, you’ll investigate daily headlines and topical news, discovering the international systems and political ideas that shape them. Explore the main concepts and theories of British and European politics, and study contemporary issues, current affairs and major political events in context. You’ll cover topics including international institutions and regimes, sovereignty to global governance and contemporary international relations as well as gain vital research techniques.

In your second year, you’ll immerse yourself in international political economy, investigate leading theories and analyse global systems. Explore the concepts of national and human security, and develop your knowledge of politics with topics including Britain and the EU, modern liberal democracies, political analysis and strategy and public policy. You can also choose to visit the Czech Republic, Poland, Canada or the USA with our international student exchange programme.

In your third year, you’ll undertake a comprehensive piece of research under expert supervision. You’ll also deepen your knowledge of international relations by studying a range of modules, including foreign policy, global environmental politics, refugee studies, the EU, politics of the Middle East and globalisation and health. Politics options include British politics, Third World politics, comparative politics, public choice, local government, electoral behaviour and sub-state nationalism.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment method

26% of assessment is by exam, 74% by coursework.


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 code L201
Institution code P60
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/services/international-students/international-student-advice for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in (www.plymouth.ac.uk/study). A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/study/international-students-country-guides. International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees If you have any questions please contact international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 88 - 104 points Including a minimum of 2 A Levels. General Studies is accepted.
A level 88 to 104 UCAS Tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels. General Studies is accepted.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM - DMM Any subject is considered.
Access to HE Diploma Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at Merit and/ or Distinction. Must also have GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4 or above.
Scottish Higher Considered in combination with Advanced Highers. Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
AS Considered in combination.
Extended Project Considered in combination.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 - 26 points To include a Grade 4 in any subject at Higher Level. Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H4, H4, H4 Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Scottish Advanced Higher 104 UCAS Tariff points, including a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers. Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Considered in combination.

GCSE Maths and English at Grade C/ 4 or above are required for this course.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 With 5.5 in all elements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

* Please note fees are subject to change - for all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. ** International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. *** ‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

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