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What does international politics look like when we view it from beyond the developed world? We start our thinking about global politics and development with our intellectual feet deliberately planted outside the powerful, prosperous and dominant West in order to bring a fresh, questioning attitude to the study of world politics.
The degree provides insights into the political, social, economic and cultural changes affecting the developing world and emerging powers. It challenges the Eurocentric narratives of international politics by studying the interconnectedness of the developed and developing powers, engaging with marginalised issues and voices, as well as exploring the emerging global powers in Latin America, South Asia and the Far East. You will also study key issues such as colonialism, inequality, development, gender, identity, political economy, culture, race, religion, resistance and social movements.
Aberystwyth University was the first to establish a department of International Politics. We have been teaching and inspiring students in this subject since 1919, demonstrating our commitment to providing a memorable and exceptional student experience at Aberystwyth. You will be taught and mentored by lecturers who are enthusiastic, committed to providing you with an outstanding and dynamic learning environment. Employability is embedded across our teaching. We teach our students to aim for the career they want, not the job that they can get.
The Department operates a prestigious Parliamentary Placement Scheme, enabling you to gain valuable experience working alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an AM (Welsh Assembly, Cardiff) for a period of 4-6 weeks during the summer. During this time you will write reports and speeches, undertake research projects, and respond to constituency issues. There may be further opportunities for you to get involved in elections and various international issues.
The Department is also home to Interstate, the oldest student-run international politics journal in the United Kingdom, providing a unique opportunity for you to publish your work (particularly advantageous if you wish to progress to postgraduate study) or gain valuable experience working as part of the editorial team. Stimulating student societies foster a strong sense of community within the department, offering a programme of political debates, visiting speakers, conferences and workshops, alongside numerous social activities such as an annual ball.
Graduates from our department have pursued careers in:
Government Research department;
- Social Research.
In the first year you will take three compulsory modules which explore the range of approaches to and issues in studying international politics. This will impart a rich understanding of a diverse array of global issues from sovereignty and war to gender and global inequality, as well as analysing the contemporary challenges facing the international community. You will also be able to choose other modules from a wide selection reflecting a broad chronological and thematic range, so you can study the topics that appeal most to your own personal interests, from political theory to the making of the modern world to war, strategy and intelligence. As well as taking your honours core module in your second year, you will be able to tailor your programme of study across years two and three by choosing from an extensive range of elective modules.
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!
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|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 detailsVisit our course page
Department of International Politics (undergraduate enquiries)
+44 (0)1970 622708
Fax: +44 (0)1970 622709
Undergraduate Admissions Office (undergraduate enquiries)