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University of Greenwich

Politics and International Relations

UCAS Code: L293
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time, sandwich, abroad 2018
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time, abroad 2018
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Politics
Student score
91% HIGH
% employed or in further study
91% LOW
Average graduate salary
£18k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

General Studies is not usually accepted.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points

You will also require GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above (for pre-2017 GCSEs, grade 4 equates to C grade). General Studies is not usually accepted.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

This programme allows students to specialise in the study of global politics while also incorporating courses from a variety of other subject pathways. The study of politics addresses questions such as: Why do people vote the way they do? What is the difference between the ideas of different political parties? How is the operation of one political system different from that of another? Why is the international system constituted in the way that it is? Why do politicians behave in the way that they do? What do words such as 'democracy', 'power', 'freedom', 'rights' and 'liberty' mean? Responses to these questions are covered by the study of international politics, comparative politics, government and political theory. In the final year, students may be offered a work placement in regional or local politics, or within one of the many interest and pressure groups based in London, or even in the House of Commons. The ability to reflect critically on this work experience forms part of the assessment of the placement. The aims of the programme are: To offer students a range of courses which provide an appropriate introduction to both politics and the practical implementation of political activity Enable students to follow various strands within the academic discipline of politics To offer students the opportunity to develop a number of skills that are valuable in both the political arena as well as in more general careers. On completing this programme successfully, you'll be well equipped for many opportunities in the political sphere such as working in central and local government or for an MP or pressure group. Additionally you will have opportunities in public service, information and communications, the media, voluntary sectors, as well as in the National Health Service, teaching, research and business. Some career options may require further study. Unistats data: 100 per cent of students agreed that: They were satisfied overall They got sufficient advice and support Staff were good at explaining things Staff made the subject interesting 80 per cent of students in work/study six months after finishing 60 per cent of students in professional/managerial job at six months


**Year 1** Students are required to study the following compulsory courses: * Europe without Borders: Cultures in Contact (30 credits) * Comparative Politics (30 credits) * Introducing Politics and International Relations (30 credits) Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options. * Mandarin, French, Italian or Spanish 1-4 (30 credits) * English For Academic Purposes 6-7 (30 credits) * Conflict, Commerce and Culture: Britain and the World, 1600-2000 (30 credits) * Writing for the Media (30 credits) * Inequality and Social Change (30 credits). **Year 2** Students are required to study the following compulsory courses: * Working in Politics and International Relations (30 credits) * Politics and Development in Asia and Africa (30 credits) * Liberalism: Freedom & Toleration (30 credits) Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options. * Mandarin, French, Italian or Spanish 1-4 (30 credits) * English For Academic Purposes 6-7 (30 credits) * ‘The People’s War’: The Second World War, Society, Culture and Legacy (15 credits) * Island Nation: Britain and the Sea 1805 - Present (15 credits) * Atlantic Worlds 1650-1783 (15 credits) * Empire and Nation in the Middle East (15 credits) * Writing Journalism for the Digital Age (30 credits) * Work placement LAIR/PAIR Level 5 (30 credits). **Year 3** Students are required to study the following compulsory courses. * Language, Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy (30 credits) * International Relations and International Security (30 credits) * Political Conspiracy and Slander (30 credits). Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options: * Mandarin, French, Italian or Spanish 2-4 (30 credits) * Dissertation (HPS) (30 credits) * A Global History of Genocide (30 credits) * Digital Journalism in Practice (30 credits) * Parliamentary, Pressure Group and Political Placements (30 credits) * Migration and Citizenship (15 credits) * Globalisation: Social and Political Perspective (15 credits)

University of Greenwich

Students on Greenwich campus

The University of Greenwich offers students a chance to study at a choice of incredible locations on London’s doorstep. With a campus on a recognised World Heritage Site and our modern facilities in the new award–winning £76 million Stockwell Street development in the heart of Greenwich, open playing fields setting in Avery Hill in Eltham and the easily commutable Medway Campus in Chatham Maritime – the University of Greenwich has many advantages. And that’s without mentioning all the teaching, programmes, diversity, buzz and employment opportunities on offer.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 93%
Student score 91% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
37% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
62% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
10% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
324 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
83% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
15% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 91% LOW
Average graduate salary £18k LOW
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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