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University of Reading

Politics and International Relations

UCAS Code: L258
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120-128

% applicants receiving offers

91%

Subjects
  • Politics
Student score
75% LOW
% employed or in further study
93% MED
Average graduate salary
£21k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB-ABB

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

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.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

91%

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

£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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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 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.

Modules

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.

University of Reading

Wantage Hall

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

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
15%
85%

Year 1

17%
77%
6%

Year 2

9%
91%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
47%
46%
7%

Year 1

25%
64%
11%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 86%
Student score 75% LOW
Able to access IT resources

92%

Staff made the subject interesting

85%

Library resources are satisfactory

90%

Feedback on work has been helpful

69%

Feedback on work has been prompt

59%

Staff are good at explaining things

88%

Received sufficient advice and support

66%

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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
25% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
46% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
365 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
79% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
13% 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 93% MED
Average graduate salary £21k MED
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

9%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

7%

Graduates who are media professionals

3%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Other popular industries include marketing and PR, management consultancy, youth and community work, the finance industry and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in six politics graduates go on to take another course to get a Masters after they finish their degrees.
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