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University of Portsmouth

International Relations and Politics

UCAS Code: L250

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

Entry requirements


96-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 42-48.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects

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

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H3,H4,H4,H4,H4

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

D*D*-DD

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

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96-112 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

98%
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

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subjects

International relations

Politics

**Overview**
Do you want to understand the causes of war and conflict in the international system, and why some states are poor while others are rich? Are you also interested in what democracy, freedom and equality mean to different people? Do you want to understand developments in British politics, and the relationship between the UK and the EU?

If so, an international relations and politics degree may be right for you. This degree offers the opportunity to study all of these issues, and many more. You'll enjoy an excellent balance between the analysis of global trends and the investigation of issues closer to home in the UK and Europe.

The knowledge and skills you develop on this course could lead you to a career in local and national government, security, teaching, lobbying, academic research, the charity sector and the media.

93% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017); 91% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

**What you'll experience**
On this International Relations and Politics course you'll:
- Combine your interest in politics with the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career

- Keep up to date with the latest topics and issues in international relations by taking part in 'pop-up seminars' with staff and your peers

- Visit parliament and take part in our Model United Nations through our Academic Enrichment Programme

- Learn from staff who are members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), the UK's largest research centre of its kind

- Have the opportunity to publish your work in our student journal and present at our student conference

- Develop career-enhancing skills alongside your academic study with skills training, opportunities to do work experience and the chance to learn another language

- Do a detailed academic analysis of major recent international events, such as the Ukraine Crisis, the 'Occupy' movement, the rise of ISIS and the effects of the Arab Spring

- Tailor your degree by choosing optional modules that match your interests and career ambitions

- Have the chance to study abroad at one of our partner institutions – for example, Science Po Strasbourg (France), Maastricht University (Netherlands), Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and University of Szeged (Hungary)

**Careers and opportunities**
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry or support you in identifying postgraduate study opportunities.

What can you do with an International Relations and Politics degree?
Graduates from this degree have gone on to careers in areas such as:

- government

- academia

- the security services

- international organisations like the UN

- international charities such as Amnesty International and the Red Cross

- policy research

- think tanks

- charities

- media and international business consultancy

- political risk analysis

- public relations

What jobs can you do with an International Relations and Politics degree?
Job roles former students have gone on to include:

- parliamentary researcher

- political advisor

- public affairs consultant

- social researcher

- political risk analyst

- conference organiser

- local government administrator

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

"I've worked for the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, the United Nations, before ending up leading a new team at Uber -- and I’ve found the skills I developed on this degree have been highly adaptable, and helped me change direction when I’ve needed to." – Alex Thompson-Armstrong , BA Hons International Relations and Politics student

Modules

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

Analysing Politics: Britain and Beyond
Global Development
Key Themes in International Relations
Performing Like A Pro: Skills For Academic and Professional Success
Political Thought
Politics and IR: Academic Enrichment Programme

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

Analysing Foreign and Security Policy
Ideology and Politics

Optional modules in this year currently include:

Bending the Truth a Little? Researching Politics and International Relations
British Political Leadership
China and East Asian Economies
Democratisation in Latin America
East Asian States and Societies
Economics and Politics of Development
From Revolution to Dictatorship - Russia & the Soviet Union 1917-1941
Gender in the Developing World
Global Environmental Issues and Concerns
International Community Development
International Politics of the Middle East
International Thought
Introduction to Teaching
Learning from Experience
Modern Foreign Language
Politics and IR: Academic Enrichment Programme
Politics and Policy in Action
Russian & Eurasian Politics
Study Abroad
US Foreign Policy: From the Great War to 9/11
US Politics

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

For your core module this year, you'll have a choice between doing a dissertation or major project in an international relations or politics subject area.

Optional modules in this year currently include:

Africa Revisited: Nation Building and 'State Fragility' in Post-Colonial Africa
Autocracy and Democracy
Comparative Public Policy and Public Administration
Digital Media and Democracy
Ethnicity Class & Culture in the Developing World
France in the World: Global Actor or Global Maverick?
Global Capitalism: Past, Present and Future
Learning from Experience
Looking for Utopia, Finding Dystopia? Ideas and Ideologies in the New Millennium
Negotiation and Lobbying in the EU: A Simulation Game
NGOs and Social Movements
Politics and IR: Academic Enrichment Programme
Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
Rethinking Aid and Development
Security Challenges in the Twenty-First Century
Strategic Management and Leadership
Strategic Studies
Transitional Justice & Human Rights

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

written exams
coursework: article reviews, essays, projects, briefing papers
individual and group presentations
10,000 word dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 25% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 67% by coursework
Year 2 students: 25% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 68% by coursework
Year 3 students: 3% by practical exams and 97% 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
International
£14,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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.

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International relations
80%
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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

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
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

86%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
84%
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?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
59%
Male students
41%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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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.

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Average annual salary
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Employed or in further education
87%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Business, research and administrative professionals
10%
Business, finance and related 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.

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.

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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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