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Aberystwyth University

International Politics and Global Development

UCAS Code: LL31

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,C,C

Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30-28

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM-DMM

UCAS Tariff

128-104

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.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

International politics

Politics

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:**

+ Civil Service;

+ Security Service;

+ Government Research department;

+ Public Affairs;

+ Education;

+ Social Research.

Modules

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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£13,600
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

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.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site (Aberystwyth)

Department:

Department of International Politics

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

88%
high
International politics
88%
high
Politics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

96%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
87%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
67%
Male students
33%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,500
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
79%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
15%
Teaching and educational professionals
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

International politics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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