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Cardiff University

International Relations

UCAS Code: 305Q

Bachelor of Science in Economics (with Honours) - BSc Econ H

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Excludes A Level General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies.

The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the A Level grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language Grade B or 6

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

To include 665 in 3 HL subjects.

Grade D in a BTEC diploma plus BB in two A-Level subjects excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies. All taken in combination with 2 A Levels.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies.

UCAS Tariff

128-152

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

83%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

International relations

International Relations encompasses diverse theoretical approaches and perspectives, from liberalism and realism to feminism, postcolonialism, critical theory and environmental thought.

Our BSc Econ International Relations provides you with the opportunity to study this exciting and important subject in its depth and breadth. It has been deliberately structured to cover both traditional and new areas of the discipline in a manner informed by current scholarly debates and global political concerns and developments.

You will be taught by academics who are leading researchers in their fields. As a consequence you will be exposed to research-led teaching in areas across the breadth of the discipline.

International Relations has developed from a relatively restricted field of study concerned with the relations between states and the causes of war, to a rich and broad disciplinary field which addresses a wide breadth of questions critical to our contemporary global world. These range from still-crucial concerns such as war, security and terrorism, nuclear politics, and the Cold War, to digital technologies and cyber-security, global environmental politics and climate change, colonialism and anticolonialism, tourism, popular culture and everyday life.

Distinctive features
•A shared first year with related programmes to provide the foundation for a broad skill set in political studies.
•Module options that give you the space to develop and pursue your own interests as your grasp of the field is progressively enriched and broadened over the three years of study.
•A broad and deep education in global affairs and a rich understanding of what international politics is and ought to be.

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
£15,950
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/funding/scholarships for further information.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Cardiff

Department:

Cardiff Law School

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.

76%
low
International relations

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

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
61%
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

84%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
52%
Male students
48%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B
373

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
99%
high
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Other administrative occupations
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
7%
Other elementary services occupations
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.

Social sciences

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

£25k

£25k

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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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