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Brunel University London

International Politics with Placement Year

UCAS Code: L241

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

in a relevant subject

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are required, including English Language and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H3,H3,H3,H3

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

in a relevant subject and an A level at grade B

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

in any subject with A levels grade BB

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

in a relevant subject

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

DD

in a relevant subject and an A level at grade B

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

D

in any subject with A levels grade BB

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

DDM

in a relevant subject

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

120-144

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

80%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2020

Subject

International politics

American political issues, the Holocaust, democracy, globalisation, Parties and Voters in the UK – these are only some of the political aspects and key events you will be able to explore in detail as part of the course.

As well as providing a foundation in the approaches to, and theories of, politics and international relations, the programme will develop your understanding of the importance of politics in a globalising and integrating world.

This degree is designed to enable you to study international affairs in their political and historical contexts.

You will address critical political questions, such as:
Who has political power?
Why do they have it?
To whom are they accountable?
In whose interest do they exercise it?
What is globalisation?
Is violent protest ever justified?

Modules

Year 1:
Compulsory:
Conflict and Diplomacy
Introduction to World Politics
Introduction to American Politics
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Modern Political Thought
Research Design and Qualitative Methods in Politics

Year 2
Compulsory:
Comparative Political Institutions
Explaining Politics: Quantitative Political Science in Practice.
Theories of International Relations

Optional:
Choose 3 from the following:
Ancient Greek Political Thought: Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Politics
Democracy and Democratisation
Issues in American Politics
National Security Intelligence
The Holocaust Themes in the History of Modern Africa
The State and Revolution The History of Political Cinema
Unity and Cultural Diversity
US Foreign Policy

Year 3 - Placement Year

Year 4
Compulsory:
Dissertation
European Union Politics: Problems and Prospects
Globalisation and Governance

Optional;
Choose 2 from the following:
Empire, Imperialism and Hegemony
Crisis and Critique
Fascism
History of Political Philosophy
Media, Politics and Power in America
Marx and Marxism
Parties and Voters in the UK
Public Policy Analysis
Parliamentary Studies
Terrorism 1960-2016

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Brunel University London

Department:

Social and Political Sciences

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.

73%
low
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

72%
Staff make the subject interesting
74%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
63%
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

58%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
67%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
69%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
12%
Business, research and administrative professionals
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

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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