What do you need to get in?
Main entry requirements
If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.
% applicants receiving offers91%
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.
Tuition fee & financial support£9,000
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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This degree will provide you with a grounding in the fundamental elements of politics and international relations and keeps pace with current political debates and issues on both national and international fronts. You will gain a full appreciation of the realities of national and international governance and will be introduced to the ethical and moral issues concerning the exercise of political authority. You will encounter a variety of concepts, approaches and methods for the study of domestic and world politics and will be provided with a critical understanding of how society can and should be governed.
Year 1: International relations and strategic studies; introduction to political ideas; modern politics; 2 or 3 other subjects from across the university; British society. Year 2: Political philosophy, comparative government and politics; modern international relations; study of politics; political classics; and 2 from a list of options. Year 3: Dissertation; options: British foreign and defence policy; democracy and democracy promotion; European security; feminism and political theory; intelligence, war and international relations; international terrorism; introduction to critical security studies; modern ideologies; politics and international relations in the Middle East; politics of the international economy; strategic theory; strategy in the 2 world wars; the politics of electoral systems; UN and international order; UK politics since 1960; US foreign and defence policy since 1950; war, peace and international ethics.
The University of Reading is based on the beautiful Whiteknights campus and is perfectly situated with excellent links around the country. Firm choice applicants are guaranteed a place in halls, all with individual character. The Students' Union has a good working relationship with the University and hosts the largest entertainment venue in the area plus the UK's largest SU shop.
How you'll spend your time
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- Lectures / seminars
- Independent study
How you'll be assessed
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- Written exams
- Practical exams
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Typical Ucas points
2:1 or above
Most popular subjects students studied before attending
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Government and Politics
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