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University of Salford

International Relations and Politics

UCAS Code: L290

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

Entry requirements


96 - 112 UCAS tariff points to be obtained from a minimum of 2 A-Levels or equivalent General Studies accepted History and / or Politics desirable but not essential

AS Levels are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels and BTECs to achieve 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points

QAA Approved - Pass with 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points

96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points History / Politics desirable but not essential

Extended Project Qualifications are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C/4 or above in GCSE Maths and English required

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

Politics / History desirable but not essential

96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points History / Politics desirable but not essential

96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points in combination with other Level 3 qualifications History / Politics desirable but not essential

BTEC Level 3 National Certificates are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC Level 3 National Diplomas are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificates are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points

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

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96-112 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diplomas are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points

96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points

96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

96-112

To be obtained from a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificates are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points

89%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Politics

In an age of globalisation, our daily lives are affected by what happens across the world – from the financial crisis to war and conflict, international relations matters. It shapes government policy, affects our job prospects and quality of life, and the lives of others.

In many cases, global politics and the decisions of those in power can have dire consequences for populations and how we live. In this course, you will explore different ideas and explanations about international relations, and consider the consequences of different ideologies and policies in global politics. If you want to understand why wars occur, why states cooperate with each other (or not), and how ideas affect lives, this course is for you.

Furthermore, this is a truly international course – you will study with a diverse international cohort and have the opportunity to spend your second year studying abroad, immersing yourself in a different culture and new experiences.

This course develops not only your knowledge of international relations and politics, but key transferable skills which are vital to a vast range of career prospects. Graduates from this course have progressed into a number of areas including the civil service, political analysis and research (government advisory departments), local government, international organisations, campaigning organisations (charities, non-governmental), journalism, publishing and media.

Modules

This course is designed to develop your knowledge of international relations and politics in a structured manner by first providing a foundational background in international relations theory, history and key concepts and theories of politics. Your first year modules are designed to cover these.

In your second year, you take two core modules and then develop your interests with four optional modules of your choosing. You can also study abroad for a semester or two, or take a language module.

Your third year dissertation gives you the chance to really explore a topic you are passionate about, and you also get to choose from a wide variety of module option choices, or take up our placement opportunities.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Arts and Media

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.

70%
low
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

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
65%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
55%
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

68%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
74%
Male students
26%
Female students
50%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

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.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
59%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Other elementary services occupations
8%
Teaching and educational professionals
8%
Sales, marketing 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.

Politics

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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£20k

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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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