International Relations and Politics University of Portsmouth


Do you want to understand the causes of war and conflict in the international system, and why some states are poor while others are rich? Are you also interested in what democracy, freedom and equality mean to different people? Do you want to understand developments in British politics, and the relationship between the UK and the EU?

If so, an international relations and politics degree may be right for you. This degree offers the opportunity to study all of these issues, and many more. You'll enjoy an excellent balance between the analysis of global trends and the investigation of issues closer to home in the UK and Europe.

The knowledge and skills you develop on this course could lead you to a career in local and national government, security, teaching, lobbying, academic research, the charity sector and the media.

93% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017); 91% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

What you'll experience
On this International Relations and Politics course you'll:

  • Combine your interest in politics with the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career

  • Keep up to date with the latest topics and issues in international relations by taking part in 'pop-up seminars' with staff and your peers

  • Visit parliament and take part in our Model United Nations through our Academic Enrichment Programme

  • Learn from staff who are members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), the UK's largest research centre of its kind

  • Have the opportunity to publish your work in our student journal and present at our student conference

  • Develop career-enhancing skills alongside your academic study with skills training, opportunities to do work experience and the chance to learn another language

  • Do a detailed academic analysis of major recent international events, such as the Ukraine Crisis, the 'Occupy' movement, the rise of ISIS and the effects of the Arab Spring

  • Tailor your degree by choosing optional modules that match your interests and career ambitions

  • Have the chance to study abroad at one of our partner institutions – for example, Science Po Strasbourg (France), Maastricht University (Netherlands), Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and University of Szeged (Hungary)

Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry or support you in identifying postgraduate study opportunities.

What can you do with an International Relations and Politics degree?
Graduates from this degree have gone on to careers in areas such as:

  • government

  • academia

  • the security services

  • international organisations like the UN

  • international charities such as Amnesty International and the Red Cross

  • policy research

  • think tanks

  • charities

  • media and international business consultancy

  • political risk analysis

  • public relations

What jobs can you do with an International Relations and Politics degree?
Job roles former students have gone on to include:

  • parliamentary researcher

  • political advisor

  • public affairs consultant

  • social researcher

  • political risk analyst

  • conference organiser

  • local government administrator

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

"I've worked for the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, the United Nations, before ending up leading a new team at Uber -- and I’ve found the skills I developed on this degree have been highly adaptable, and helped me change direction when I’ve needed to." – Alex Thompson-Armstrong , BA Hons International Relations and Politics student

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