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University of Salford

International Relations and Politics

UCAS Code: L290
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Politics
Student score
82% MED
% employed or in further study
92% LOW
Average graduate salary
£18k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

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

Scottish Highers
Not Available

96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points Advanced Highers

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

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 Extended Diploma

96-112 UCAS Tariff Points

International Baccalaureate

Politics / History desirable but not essential

UCAS tariff points

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

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96-112 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


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

Not available

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

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.


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.

University of Salford

On campus

The University of Salford is hugely diverse and multicultural with a focus on practical experience and skills. We have fantastic connections with ITV and the BBC at the newly opened MediaCityUK complex, making for a highly engaging and creative student experience. The Students' Union has amazing opportunities in activities and volunteering and offers tonnes of support.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 86%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
16% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
32% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
27% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
291 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
62% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
14% 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 92% LOW
Average graduate salary £18k LOW
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals


Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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