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Keele University

International Relations and Politics

UCAS Code: L251

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

Access to HE Diploma

D:15

96 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language at grade C (or 4) and Maths at grade C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

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

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UCAS Tariff

96

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

94%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich with time abroad | 2019

Subjects

International relations

Politics

At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We’re proud to be ‘University of the Year for Student Experience’ in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, in addition to having been ranked No.1 in the National Student Survey 2014-2016. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too.

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both International Relations and Politics.

Politics is of vital importance to all of us in our daily lives. It concerns fundamental choices about the ways in which societies are organised and the way we are governed, both within nations and in the global community. You will be taught by researchers in the fields of international relations and politics, doing cutting edge research in key issues relevant to your studies and working experience.

Whether you want to understand the crisis in the Middle East or climate change, you need to understand both the internal politics of the countries involved as well as how different groups interact across borders. A degree in International Relations and Politics at Keele will equip you with the necessary tools to understand and explain how power operates and how we might begin to tackle these issues. You will study contemporary and policy relevant issues such as democracy, global inequality, protest, globalisation, regime change, energy security, environmental sustainability, human rights and gender politics. You can underpin these issues through an in-depth study of particular countries such as Britain, the United States of America and Russia as well as regions in Europe, Eurasia, Africa and the Middle East.

As an International Relations and Politics graduate, there will be many career possibilities available to you. Our graduates are to be found in a wide range of jobs from commerce to industry as well as government, the civil service, journalism, law, security services, political research, diplomacy and teaching. Some of our well-known graduates include Laurence Mann, the political private secretary to David Cameron, Jonty Bloom, Business correspondent for the BBC, Farah Faisal, High Commissioner for the Maldives and Paul Rimmer, Director at the Ministry of Defence.
You can gain an enhanced degree title that includes a foreign language competency. You can also graduate with an internationally recognised qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) by taking a series of four linked elective modules as part of your degree. If you do an International Year abroad, you will also graduate with an enhanced degree title, for example, ‘BA (Hons) in International Relations and Politics with International Year’.

Tuition fees

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

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

The Uni


Course location:

Keele University

Department:

Keele (Central)

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.

91%
high
International relations
91%
high
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

97%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
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
59%
Male students
41%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
85%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Other administrative occupations
9%
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.

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

£22k

£22k

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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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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