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The planet is facing a climate emergency. Climate Change is the most significant and complex challenge to human social, political and economic systems. International politics is key to understanding this complexity and confronting this global crisis. From the individual to the global level action is urgently required. While individual contributions and efforts to save our planet are important, without local, national, regional and global cooperation and coordination the damage to our climate, environment and ecological systems cannot be slowed let alone reversed. Without states, international organisations, NGOs and social movements working together this existential global challenge cannot be effectively tackled. What are the obstacles to such cooperation? What possibilities are there to overcome them? These questions are at the heart of this innovative, incisive and intellectually stimulating degree scheme. The course provides a thorough and critical understanding of the interconnectedness of politics and international relations, climate change, the environment, and natural resources, inequality and development, and cooperation and conflict. In particular, this program focuses on evaluating the nature of the climate emergency, its political, economic, social and ecological impacts, and the political, social, economic and human responses to it.
Students studying International Politics and Climate Change at Aberystwyth will:
• Engage with and develop a distinct multidisciplinary approach to the international politics of climate change.
• Analyse the causes and consequences of climate change and environmental degradation, especially from the perspective of international politics.
• Reflect on ways that states and societies struggle with managing the planet’s resources and ecological systems and to develop effective political and societal solutions.
• Examine links between climate change and other global challenges such as conflict, migration, inequality and governance.
• Explore through simulations the experience of decision-making processes, negotiations and the politics surrounding contemporary climate governance.
What will I learn?
In the first year, you will have the opportunity to study the following: Exploring the International: Central concepts and core skills; Globalisation and Global Development; Climate Change: Impacts, Perceptions, Adaptations, The Science of Climate. In the second year, you will focus on the Governance of Climate Change: Simulation Module and International relations: Perspectives and debates In the third year, your core module will be the undertaking of your dissertation.
On each year of the degree, and especially in your second and third years, you will study several optional modules. These may include:
• International Politics in the Anthropocene
• People, Progress, Environment: Theories and Histories of Environmental Politics
• Refugee simulation
• International Politics and Global Development
• Global Inequality and World Politics
• Global Politics and the Refugee Regime.
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||ABB - BCC|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM - MMM|
|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||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
Course contact details
Department of International Politics (undergraduate enquiries)
+44 (0)1970 622708
Fax: +44 (0)1970 622709
Undergraduate Admissions Office (undergraduate enquiries)