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Aston University

Business and International Relations

UCAS Code: LN21
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time, sandwich 2017
Ucas points guide

120-128

% applicants receiving offers

92%

Subjects
  • Politics
  • Business studies
Student score
82% MED
82% HIGH
% employed or in further study
96% MED
98% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£21.8k HIGH
£25k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

ABB - BBB from three subjects

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
33

No less than 5 in Maths and English Language.

UCAS tariff points
120-128

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

92%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

You will develop a knowledge and understanding of the nature of relations between states and also of the roles played by international institutions, other intergovernmental organisations, multinational corporations and NGOs. Year one introduces you to key modules focusing on the international state system and to the structure and purpose of international organisations; you also learn about ethics and international politics. Your second year covers theories and contemporary issues in international relations, security studies and the globalisation of the international political economy. During the final year you will explore more specialised topics through the completion of an individual research dissertation and a range of modules covering topics such as the international relations of East Asia, US foreign policy, and the international relations between post Soviet Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

Modules

Year 1 modules include: introduction to international relations; Europe and the making of the modern world; information skills; introduction to the European Union; quantitative methods; organisational behaviour; principles of financial accounting; economic environment of business; information technology of business; critical perspectives of business and management. Year 2 modules include: International relations theories and isues; security studies in a changing world; the politics and policies of the EU; research methods in political and social studies; business, governmant and society; business policy; business game; business economics; operations management; management accounting. Year 3: Optional placement year. Year 4 modules include core module from international relations: International relations research dissertation. 4 optional modules from: Central and East European politics; immigration and citizenship in Western Europe; the international relations of East Asia; religion and politics in contemporary Europe; political communication; the American presidency; nationalism and political power; ethics and international politics; contemporary welfare politics; political parties and party systems; conflict and politics in the contemporary Balkans; intellectuals and politics; law and politics; conflict, intervention and reconciliation; regions and regionalism in Europe; political leaders; contemporary political theory. Core modules from business: Finance; value based strategy. Elective modules: Making managerial decisions using accounting information; theories and practice of leadership; psychology and work; marketing psychology; international marketing; international operations; effective project delivery; entrepreneurial management learning, training and development in organisations; global working; business ethics; international business economics.

Aston University

Lakeside residences

At Aston we are dedicated to developing people and ideas that will shape the businesses and communities of tomorrow. Aston is ranked as the top UK University outside London for graduate employability, and is in the top 10 UK universities for producing millionaires. The Aston Student Village is transforming accommodation and the redeveloped Woodcock Sports Centre offers top sports facilities.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
23%
77%

Year 1

22%
78%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

19%
81%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
66%
31%
3%

Year 1

53%
46%
1%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

55%
45%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 85%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

92%

Staff made the subject interesting

89%

Library resources are satisfactory

83%

Feedback on work has been helpful

66%

Feedback on work has been prompt

65%

Staff are good at explaining things

92%

Received sufficient advice and support

78%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
18% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
53% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
310 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
78% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £21.8k HIGH
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

9%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

9%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

12%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Other popular industries include marketing and PR, management consultancy, youth and community work, the finance industry and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in six politics graduates go on to take another course to get a Masters after they finish their degrees.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 91%
Student score 82% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

95%

Staff made the subject interesting

83%

Library resources are satisfactory

91%

Feedback on work has been helpful

70%

Feedback on work has been prompt

67%

Staff are good at explaining things

94%

Received sufficient advice and support

85%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
30% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
43% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
13% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
365 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
71% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 98% HIGH
Average graduate salary £25k HIGH
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

22%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

15%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

12%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Over 13,500 degrees in business studies were awarded in 2012, and for a long time this was the most popular degree subject of all - one in 23 grads study a business studies degree. Numbers are still growing, but it dropped down to number three in the table this year. Because so many graduates get business studies degrees, you can find them everywhere in the economy, and very few jobs are completely out of reach for a good business studies graduate. They are most likely to go into jobs in finance, management or marketing, so the stats have been hit slightly because the finance industry hasn’t been in the best of health in the economic downturn. But thousands of graduates from this subject go into professional jobs every year, and average starting salaries are very slightly above the average for all subjects. Graduates with good degree grades in business studies are much more likely to get good jobs, so don’t be complacent, and keep a close eye on your grades.
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