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Liverpool John Moores University

International Relations and Politics with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: A009

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

Entry requirements


A level

D,D,D

Minimum number of A Levels required: 2 Is general studies acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications Average A Level offer: DDD Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

Access to HE Diploma

M:24,P:21

Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Further information: At least 24 Merits and 21 Passes, or any other combination that equates to 72 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Additional information: 72 UCAS Tariff points

Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Grades / subjects required: 72 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

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

MMP

Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Extended diploma subjects / grades required: MMP if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

72

?Mature applicants will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience. International applicants will be considered in line with UK qualifications. Any applicant whose first language is not English will be required to have IELTS 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component) or acceptable equivalent. If a prospective student does not have the required English language scores then LJMU has 6, 12 and 20 week of English training programmes (https://www.ljmuisc.com/programmes/presessional-english) that students can enrol on in order to improve their language skills to a sufficient level to enable them to enrol on the BA. The programme takes place in the summer before the BA starts.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2021

Subject

International relations

This innovative degree will provide a grounding in international relations theory while examining in-depth issues of enduring international significance. In examining the challenges the world faces today, we will encourage you to develop your own opinions and actively engage in politics.

?- Develop your own political voices and choose how to actively engage with world affairs
- Hear from experts and practitioners in the field of International Relations

- The option to study abroad for either a semester or a year with one of our overseas partners

- The option to do a year-long work placement in an international-related organisation

- Participate in field trips to visit and understand the complex workings of institutions and think tanks

- Join a highly motivated and research active academic community

- Attend the Perspectives in IR research seminar series

- Learn a language online through Rosetta Stone

Modules

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

?Level 3

Preparing for success: Academic Skills
Investigating Liverpool
Contemporary Issues in Law
Understanding Contemporary Social Issues
Contemporary Issues in Security and Policing
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

?Level 4

International History and State Formation
Introduction to International Relations and Politics
Understanding the Theories behind Politics
Researching International Relations
Comparative Politics
Being Politically Engaged

?Level 5

Debating International Relations Theory
Research Paper in International Relations

The following options are typically offered:

A Bitter Resurgence: China into the Modern World (1894-1992)
BRICS in World Politics
Sandwich Year
Study Semester Abroad
Study Year Abroad
Revolution in International Relations
Colonial Africa, 1880-1994
International Politics at the Regional Level
The Soviet Experiment, 1917-1991
Issues in Global Politics
Globalisation, Culture and Society

Level 6

Research Project in International Relations and Politics

The following options are typically offered:

Non-western Political Theories
Politically Engaging with the State
Interpreting conflict in post-colonial Africa
Aesthetics and Politics
Public International Law
Ten Great Books in International Politics
The International Politics of Development
The UN and International Security
US Democracy Promotion in the Contemporary Era
Sport, Crime and Society: A Critical Sociological Analysis
Laws of War
Body Politics: Gender, Sexuality and Society

Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Assessment methods

Teaching and assessments are designed to aid the development of your knowledge of international relations.

?The aim in all the assessments is to test your understanding of international relations and politics. We all learn in different ways, and our assessments are a mixture of essays, essay plans, , presentations and research project.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£11,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Liverpool John Moores University

Department:

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

TEF rating:
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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?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


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International relations

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.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
54%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Protective service occupations
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Welfare and housing associate professionals

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.

International relations

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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£19k

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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