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Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D-B,C,C

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

MMP-DMM

UCAS Tariff

88-112

A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 88 - 112. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

International relations

Politics

At Buckinghamshire New University, we’re dedicated to preparing you for the working world. This course covers the theory, as well as also giving you a solid understanding of what skills you’ll need for a career in politics and international relations.

Covering everything from world politics to emerging powers and global governance, you can be sure that you’ll develop your knowledge around key must-know areas within the industry. With London just a short train ride away, you’ll also benefit from visiting political institutions, guest speakers and everything the capital city has to offer.

**Why study this subject?**
Politics shapes the world. It impacts every area of our lives – the economy, environment, media and civil society. It has a fascinating history. And it provides a promising career path for your future

**Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?**
We live in a world where societies and the politics governing them are rapidly changing. If you want a career in which you help achieve social change, you might want to consider our exciting Politics and International Relations degree programme.

Our BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations provides you with a rich, diverse, employability focused curriculum, covering a wide range of historical and contemporary issues and themes in politics and international relations.

We’ve made sure the course is focused on your career, with topics relevant to any employer in the sector. We encourage you to develop solution-focused approaches to social problems in your assignments, which are transferable into many relevant work-places.

You will graduate understanding the major global political systems and how they have shaped the societies we live in. You’ll discover the driving forces behind political, economic and socio-cultural changes across the world.

It’s not just about the lectures – you’ll have plenty of opportunities to go on visits to political institutions, take part in workshops, and use our digital resources.

**What will I study?**
Politics is constantly evolving. You’ll learn about different political systems and global institutions, and how their past has shaped what the world looks like today.

You’ll discover how political institutions use their power, and how social movements and new ideas challenge our sense of identity, community and political participation.

Looking at technology, surveillance and communications, we’ll also explore how political imagination is adapting for the future.

We’ll also look at the way strategies and policies come about. You’ll develop knowledge in a wide range of related areas, including economic development, the environment, media and civil society.

With insight from across social sciences and humanities, this course covers a huge spectrum, helping to prepare you for a successful career in this dynamic field.

Using archives and other resources, you’ll conduct your own political science research to inform your work.

With the in-depth knowledge you’ll have gained of the sector on this programme, you should feel confident going into any interview.

**How will I be taught and assessed?**
We’ve made sure the course has a good variety of teaching and learning methods. This means you’ll have some strong skills that employers will find valuable, including report writing, policy making, presentation, group work, materials design and research.

You’ll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, and independent study. Since the course covers such a wide range of topics, no two days will be the same.

To do well in your assessments, you need to focus on real solutions. Using your critical thinking skills, you’ll think about new ways to address national, regional or international political issues.

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
£14,250
per year
International
£14,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Buckinghamshire New University

Department:

School of Human and Social Sciences

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Social sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
14%
Male students
86%
Female students
46%
2:1 or above
26%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


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Social sciences

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.

£20,400
med
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
61%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Welfare professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Protective service occupations

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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