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St Mary's University, Twickenham

Politics and International Relations

UCAS Code: L202

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-C,C,C

Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 60 credits including 45 credits at Level 3

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-24

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

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

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UCAS Tariff

96-112

We will generally make you an offer if your predicted grades are at the top of this range and you meet any subject specific requirements (where applicable). If your predicted grades are towards the lower end of this range we can still consider your application but will also take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSE (or equivalent) profile and/or relevant non-academic achievements, references and your motivation for study.

71%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

International relations

Politics

By studying Politics and International Relations, you will develop communication, critical thinking and research skills that will enable you to pursue your career of choice after graduating.The degree prepares you to act as critically reflective, employment-ready citizens in public service, politics and civil society.

This course will equip you to pursue diplomatic, developmental and political careers, and reach executive positions. The course supports this aim through a combination of rigorous intellectual work with applied projects mentored by industry professionals.

You will develop an applied understanding of the complex relationship between political theorising, international relations and diplomatic practice. The course will strengthen your ability to compare political situations, institutions and movements across countries.

Assessment methods

The course assessment strategy is designed to promote the development of skills and abilities that will be useful to you in pursuing your goals after university.

In addition to completing academic essays, research reports and presentations, you will also complete assessments involving digital content. Classroom contributions, oral examinations and team presentations will also be used to assess modules.

The Uni


Course location:

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Department:

Department of Business, Law and Society

TEF rating:

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What students say


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.

Social sciences

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
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.

Social sciences

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.

£14,000
low
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
97%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

47%
Childcare and related personal services
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
6%
Administrative occupations: finance
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

£21k

£21k

£26k

£26k

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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Post-six month graduation stats:

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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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