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De Montfort University

International Relations and Politics

UCAS Code: L245

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

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:30

Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit or equivalent. English (Language or Literature) and Maths GCSE required as separate qualifications at grades A*–C (9 - 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

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

DMM

UCAS Tariff

104

from at least two A Levels. Plus five GCSEs at grades A*–C (9 - 4) including English Language and Maths.

96%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

International relations

Politics

On the International Relations BA (Hons) at DMU you will learn how to analyse contemporary events in international politics and develop policy responses to them. Lecturers will help you to identify the underlying global forces that shape decisions on crucial issues like the rise of China, the Syrian crisis, climate change and development.

**- Innovative teaching approaches linking theory and practice**
such as simulations, engagement with House of Commons committees and the DMU Policy Commission
**- A unique learning environment, with the opportunity to participate in real debates, attend conferences and learn from guest speakers**
which have included prominent political figures such as the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the House of Commons Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow
**- The only university in the UK to hold both Congress to Campus and European Parliament to Campus**
with former members of US Congress and former Members of European Parliament to enhance your study experience Join our lively
**- Politics Society with topical debates and well-known guest speakers**
which have included David Blunkett and Alastair Campbell in previous years
**- Attend talks from practitioners and alumni**
to help you develop an understanding of the range of potential careers for International Relations graduates
**- DMU is recognised as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence**
as a result of research and teaching excellence in European studies
**- Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal**
trips have included Hong Kong, Berlin, Brussels, Washington and New York
**- Placement opportunities with local, national and global companies**
including Rolls Royce, GlaxoSmithKline, Heathrow Airport and the House of Commons

On the Joint Honours route you will study International Relations for 50 per cent of your study time, and for the other 50 per cent you will study modules from the Politics BA course

Modules

YEAR ONE: Introduction to Politics, Introduction to Contemporary International Relations, Introduction to Globalisation, British Government and Politics
YEAR TWO: Political Thought, Themes and Debates in International Relations Theory, Plus option modules from the following indicative list: The Politics of the European Union, The Cold War, Unity and Diversity in Contemporary America, The Making of a Global World, Political Research in Action, Politics in Action
YEAR THREE: Dissertation, Plus option modules from the following indicative list: Globalisation and Democracy, International Security in a Globalised World, American Presidency, Power, Politics and Morality, Public Policy Making, Managing the Environment, Policy Commission

Assessment methods

You will be taught by a team whose work has achieved top scores in quality assessment exercises and by individuals who have National Teaching Fellow Status in recognition of their outstanding teaching. We are also active researchers and share our current work with you.

We use a variety of formats in our classes. In the first two years you attend weekly hour-long lectures and seminars in which you discuss the issues raised in lectures. In the third year teaching is in a two-hour workshop format where you often get to decide on the topics that are debated. Throughout the course you will read around the areas being covered using course books and you must keep yourself up-to-date with developments in current affairs.

Assessment is through coursework (presentations, seminar contributions, your portfolio, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test. You will also be challenged through simulation games, problem solving exercises, online collaborative projects and policy papers. Assessment is typically weighted as follows in the first year of International Relations and Politics BA (Hons):

Exam: 33%
Coursework: 67%

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leicester Campus

Department:

Business and Law

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.

83%
med
International relations
83%
med
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

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
99%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
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
83%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
89%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
58%
Male students
42%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
C

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
82%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
11%
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 relations

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

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

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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