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University of Manchester

Politics and International Relations

UCAS Code: L200

Bachelor of Social Science (with Honours) - BSocSc (H)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

AAB We do not accept two A/S Levels grades in place of one A Level. Applicants must be studying at least one of the following A-level subjects: Accounting; Economics; Finance; Business Studies; Development Studies; Government and Politics; Economic and Social History; Mathematics; Anthropology; Sociology; Philosophy; Religious Studies; English Language; English Literature; Geography; Psychology; Classical Civilisation; History; Archaeology; Communication Studies; Environmental Studies; World Development; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Modern Languages. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted for entry.

Access to HE Diploma

D:39,M:6

Typical applicant - A mature student returning to education after a number of years. Typical offer - Pass Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits (39 Distinctions/6 Merits).

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

B

The Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted as equivalent to an A-level on a grade-for-grade basis.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects

D3,D3,M1

Applicants are expected to achieve D3, D3, M1, including either a social science or humanities subject, in the Cambridge Pre-U. Applicants can either take three Pre-U qualifications or study them in conjunction with A Level subjects.

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Minimum grade B in English Language and grade C in Mathematics. In the newly reformed GCSEs in England you will require a grade 6 in English Language and grade 5 in Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

6,6,5 at Higher level, 35 points overall. Applicants offering Mathematics or Maths Methods at standard or higher level must achieve a minimum of grade 5. Applicants not holding GCSE English Language or equivalent must achieve grade 5 in standard or higher level English Language.

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H2,H2,H3,H3

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DM

Accepted with grades DM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

M

Accepted with grades M, alongside two A levels at grades AA in different subject areas.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

Accepted with grades DMM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

DM

Accepted with grades DM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

DM

Accepted with grades DM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

M

National Extended Certificate - accepted with grades M, alongside two A levels at grades AAB in different subject areas.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM

The School accepts Pearson BTEC Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and are offered along with A levels. National Extended Diploma - accepted with grades DMM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

D,M

Accepted with grades DM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A,A

AAAAB in Scottish Highers. Applicants taking a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact  socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk Applicants not taking English Language or Mathematics at Higher level must achieve grade C in English Language and Grade B in mathematics at SCQF Level 5.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,B

Grades AAAAB including an A in any Social Science subject. AAAAB in Scottish Highers. Applicants taking a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk Applicants not taking English Language or Mathematics at Higher level must achieve grade C in English Language and Grade B in mathematics at SCQF Level 5.

UCAS Tariff

136-224

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

83%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Politics

The BSocSc (Hons) Politics and International Relations degree is our single honours course for Politics specialists.
Politics at Manchester is structured around three core themes: Comparative Politics, International Politics and Political Theory. This structure extends across everything we do, from undergraduate teaching to top-level research.
In your first two years studying Politics and International Relations you will take courses from across these three core areas as well as being able to choose options from other disciplines within the Social Sciences such as Economics or Sociology or in other areas such as History, Philosophy or languages.
By your final year you will have acquired an advanced understanding of Politics which will have prepared you to study a selection of our specialised year three options which reflect the research expertise of our staff.
Our significant size allows us to support internationally recognised research across a broad range of areas within and across these themes, including several large and distinctive specialist research clusters .
This also contributes to the quality of our teaching at undergraduate level; we offer you a wide range of course units that builds directly on our research expertise.
We will help you to develop solid intellectual foundations within the discipline, while also giving you increasing choice and diversity of subjects and approaches as you progress through your second and third years.

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
International
£18,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2018/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

School of Social Sciences

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.

Politics

Sorry, no information to show

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?

70%
UK students
30%
International students
49%
Male students
51%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
B
420

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
91%
low
Employed or in further education
74%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
12%
Business, research and administrative professionals
5%
Public services and other associate professionals
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.

Social sciences

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

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£18k

£24k

£24k

£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:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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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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