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University of Plymouth

International Relations

UCAS Code: L250

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

Entry requirements


104 UCAS Tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels. General Studies is accepted.

Considered in combination.

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at Merit and/ or Distinction. Must also have GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4 or above.

Considered in combination.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

To include a Grade 4 in any subject at Higher Level. Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

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

H3,H3,H4,H4,H4

Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

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

DMM

Any subject is considered.

Considered in combination

104 UCAS Tariff points, including a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers. Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers. Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

UCAS Tariff

104

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels. General Studies is accepted.

Considered in combination.

93%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

International relations

Immerse yourself in the ideologies, political interests and debates that influence 21st century life. Understand how the political world works, how and why governments and global institutions make decisions, and examine the consequences of their actions. With options to work or study abroad in Europe, Canada or the USA through our exchange programme and fieldtrips to the Middle East and Africa, improve your employability and set yourself on the path to an exciting internationally focused career.You will benefit from a course which received excellent ratings for teaching and student satisfaction. You will engage with contemporary international issues and take part in exclusive events, film screenings and lectures, through the Politics and International Affairs Society. You will differentiate yourself in an international sector with industry experience and modern language skills. You will enhance your employability by participating in the School of Governments internship scheme.* Travel the world through our international student exchange programme. From the Czech Republic and Poland, to Canada and the USA, youll have plenty of opportunities to gain insights into international relations worldwide. * Look at how politics works in practice by visiting the Middle East and southern Africa on university-subsidised fieldtrips led by the academic staff.* Be inspired by teaching rooted in research. Our staff are leading experts in their fields, and through our Politics and International Studies research group, youll stay up-to-date with the current issues shaping global politics. Our teams areas of expertise include popular protest in the Middle East, British and American foreign policy, development in Africa, global environmental politics, security studies and the politics of the European Union.* Explore the evolution of politics internationally. Debate contemporary worldwide issues, current affairs and major political events. Ask those difficult questions about war, hunger and poverty in the developing world. * Engage with contemporary international issues and take part in exclusive events, film screenings and lectures, through the Politics and International Affairs Society. * Differentiate yourself in an international sector with industry experience and modern language skills. As journalists, politicians' assistants and public affairs consultants, our graduates have gone on to work for the European Union, United Nations and UK Civil Service. * Investigate daily headlines: discover the international and political ideas that influence society.* Benefit from a course which received excellent ratings for teaching and student satisfaction, in the Guardian University Guide 2015 (within the subject league table for Politics).* Enhance your employability by participating in the our internship scheme.

Modules

In your first year, you will investigate daily headlines and topical news, discovering the international systems, and the political and economic ideas that shape our contemporary world. We tackle debates on an international scale, so you’ll explore the evolution of politics, contemporary issues, current affairs and major political events in historical and regional context. You’ll also gain vital research techniques, and analyse the relationship between international relations and the social sciences.

In year two immerse yourself in international political economy and investigate leading theories, using your new-found knowledge and skills to analyse global systems. Discuss difficult truths about conflict and poverty in the developing world. Explore concepts of national and human security. Visit the Czech Republic, Poland, Canada or the USA with our international student exchange programme. You'll also engage with contemporary debates and develop a critical mindset, by evaluating evidence and scrutinising arguments.

In your third year, you’ll undertake a comprehensive piece of research of your choice under expert supervision. You’ll also deepen your knowledge of international relations by studying a range of modules, including foreign policy, global environmental politics, the European Union, and politics of the Middle East and Africa. You may also participate in staff-led field trips to the Middle East and southern Africa to see how politics works in practice.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

26% of assessment is by exam, 74% by coursework.

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

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Law, Criminology and Government

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.

84%
high
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

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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

91%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
98%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
61%
Male students
39%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
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
95%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
10%
Other administrative 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.

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.

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

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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