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International Relations

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:30

Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit or equivalent. English (Language or Literature) and Maths GCSE required as separate qualifications at grades A* - C (9 -4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

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

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112

from at least two A Levels. Plus five GCSEs at grades A*–C (9 - 4) including English Language and Maths.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

International relations

Global forces are shaping our decisions on crucial issues in contemporary international politics.

On this course, you will develop an in-depth understanding of some of the crucial developments impacting our world including the rise of China and India, the crisis in Syria, the challenges of facing terrorism and the persistence of poverty and inequality in the global south. You'll be able to choose from a wide range of modules including Global Comparative Politics, Corruption and its Avoidance, Making of a Global World, Politics of Nationalism and American Presidency.

Our teaching links theory and practice through simulations, engagement with House of Commons committees and the DMU Policy Commission – a supervised project-based module where staff and students work together to co-produce policy proposals in response to a contemporary political issue.

**Key features:**

- You will have the opportunity to go on field trips to the House of Commons and further afield to EU institutions in Brussels and our partner institution in Hong Kong.

- DMU is the only university in the UK to hold both ‘Congress to Campus’ and ‘European Parliament to Campus’ events, featuring visits from prominent political figures to enhance your study experience.

- DMU is recognised as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence because of the high standards of research and teaching in European Studies.

- You'll be able to enjoy an international experience linked directly to your studies through our DMU Global programme. International Relations students have recently visited Hong Kong, Berlin, Washington D.C. and New York. Students in Brussels gained an understanding of the history of Europe and how that’s shaped life today.

**International Relations with Languages**

You can combine International Relations with a foreign language, from beginners to post-GCSE level. At a time when the graduate employment market is very competitive, having a recognised competence in a foreign language can set you apart from most other graduates and enhance your career prospects.

You will take a 30 credit beginners’ or post-GSCE module in your chosen language (which will equate to two hours of language classes) and one hour of cultural studies per week, learning about the country and its people. You will also have the opportunity to put your skills into practice by studying abroad between years two and three.

You can study either:

• International Relations with French (at beginners’ or post-GCSE level) OR

• International Relations with Mandarin Chinese (at beginner level only), with the opportunity to experience Chinese life on campus at the Confucius Institute

Modules

Year 1
Introduction to Politics
Introduction to Contemporary International Relations
Global Comparative Politics
Introduction to Globalisation

Year 2
Politics in Action
Themes and Debates in Contemporary International Relations Theory
Political Analysis
Plus two of the following options:
The Making of a Global World
The Politics of the European Union
Unity and Diversity in Contemporary America
The Cold War
Corruption and its Avoidance

Year 3
International Relations Dissertation
Plus three of these options:
International Security in a Globalised World
Politics of Nationalism
Globalisation and Democracy
American Presidency
DMU Policy Commission
Power, Politics and Morality

Assessment methods

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test, which is typically weighted as follows in your first year:

Exam: 33%
Coursework: 67%
These assessment weightings are indicative only. The exact weighting may vary depending on option modules chosen by students and teaching methods deployed by the academic member of staff each year. Indicative assessment weighting and assessment type per module are shown as part of the module information. Again these are based on the current academic session.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,250
per year
International
£14,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leicester Campus

Department:

Business and Law

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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.

65%
low
International relations

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
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
60%
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

56%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
59%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
49%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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.

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

£22k

£22k

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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