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Aberystwyth University

International Politics (with integrated year in Industry)

UCAS Code: L246

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-A,B,B

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

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-30

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

DMM-DDM

UCAS Tariff

112-128

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.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich including industrial placement | 2020

Subject

International politics

International Politics is about how we tackle global challenges. World politics stands at a fascinating but difficult historical juncture, one that as political beings, we all need to understand, explain and, in part shape. You will be taught in the world’s first department of international politics. It was founded in 1919 after the end of World War I in order to better understand the causes of war, and promote a more peaceful world. With the relative decline of the ‘West’, the emergence of new powers and actors, and the increasingly complex and intertwined nature of local, national, regional, international and global problems, ‘international politics’ is entering a new era.

The degree in International Politics (with an integrated year in industry) offers students the opportunity to combine the study of international politics with a paid or voluntary work placement in an industry or with an organisation that is relevant to this degree.

**What will I learn?**

In your first year you will have the opportunity to explore:
+ A range of perspectives and approaches to the study of international politics;

+ The development and progress of key ideas and concepts in international relations;

+ The key political challenges in the 21st century;

+ Different perspectives on war, peace and revolution since 1789;

+ Key issues in the fields of war, strategy and intelligence.

In your second and fourth years, you will have the opportunity to study issues such as:
+ Theories, approaches and perspectives in international relations;

+ A range of challenges facing the international system, such as globalisation, war, international terrorism, climate change, inequality, nuclear proliferation, global health epidemics, refugee and migrant crises, and secession;

+ A variety of regional and national politics including Latin American, Russia, Europe and the EU, the BRICS, the Middle East, the UK;

+ International history in the twentieth century;

+ The history and development of political ideas and ideologies;

+ The range of security challenges facing domestic and international actors;

+ A compulsory dissertation to demonstrate your substantive knowledge in your chosen subject area.

Your third year will be spent on a work experience placement of which you will source and organise with the assistance of our departmental staff and the University's careers team.

**How will I be taught?**

+ We deliver this degree through the medium of lectures and seminars, as well as workshops, simulations and role-plays;

+ We assess our students through essays, policy reports, examinations, book reviews, learning logs and presentations;

+ We will also assign you a personal tutor throughout your time as an undergraduate student. This person can help you with any questions or problems, whether these are academic-related or personal issues.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,000
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.

90%
high
International 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
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

90%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
91%
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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