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International Relations: History and Global Politics

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Other A Level combinations possible to achieve 112 points.

Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 points

Pass Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 112 UCAS points.

Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 points

HNC (BTEC)

P

May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of level 4. A transcript will be required.

HND (BTEC)

P

May be considered for advanced entry onto the second or third year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of level 4 and level 5 (where appropriate). A transcript will be required.

112 tariff points from composite elements of IB

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H4,H4,H4,H4

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

Grade combinations below 112 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 112 points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

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

D*D*

Grade combinations below 112 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 112 points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

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

DMM

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.

Achieve a minimum of 112tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (CCCCD) are required.

UCAS Tariff

112

We welcome a wide range of qualifications and qualification combinations. We assess each application individually, taking in to account any experience and skills you may have in your chosen field. Don't worry if you can't see your specific qualification listed, just contact our team of experts on 01782 294400 or email us at [email protected] for further advice

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

International relations

International history

Combining the approaches and theories of International Relations with studies of modern and contemporary history, this course provides you with insight into understanding the rapidly changing world around us. Wars, revolutions, the global economy, BREXIT, climate change, society, migration and power all come together as themes in this carefully designed, immersive and overlapping programme of study.

The International Relations: History and Global Politics award aims to develop your understanding of world events and global trends, knowledge of which will undoubtedly become increasingly essential in a less predictable world including a post pandemic and post-Brexit Britain. The course focusses on the challenges of international relations today as well as providing, through the study of history, examples of the ways through which those challenges have been met in the past. It fosters your all-important problem-solving, communication, research and inquiry skills; providing study activities and assessments that encourage independence of thought, originality, critical self-awareness and advancing your future employability prospects.

Guided by experts with various national and thematic interests, Staffordshire University’s research-led approach allows you to really get under the skin of the subjects you choose, gradually specialising in a topic studied at significant depth for your dissertation. Our field excursions and trips are designed to bring home the reality, proximity and relevance of international politics to students who would otherwise see issues solely within an academic or theoretical context.
On completion, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) International Relations: History and Global Politics.

Modules

Year 1 – Both Pathways
Information and Intelligence, Introduction to Investigation, Introduction to International Relations, Issues in Global Security, Introduction to Security Technology, Applied Approaches to Security and Intelligence

Year 2 – BSc Pathway
Designing Research projects, Intelligence and Strategy, Professionalising Investigation, Policing in a Digital Age, Cyber Security Skills Portfolio, option module
Options include: International Relations Theory, Northern Ireland: Conflict and Resolution, French Revolution and Napoleon, Gender History and Sexual Politics, Practical Methods of Criminal Investigation, Forensic Investigation Skills, Processing of Digital Evidence, Organised Crime, Firearms Investigation, Understanding Terrorism: Causes and Theories

Year 2 – BA Pathway
Designing Research Projects, Intelligence and Strategy, Human Rights and Global Security, Security Studies, International Society: From Westphalia to Present, option module.
Option modules include: International Relations Theory, Northern Ireland: Conflict and Resolution, French Revolution and Napoleon, Gender History and Sexual Politics
Options include: International Relations Theory, Northern Ireland: Conflict and Resolution, French Revolution and Napoleon, Gender History and Sexual Politics, Practical Methods of Criminal Investigation, Forensic Investigation Skills, Processing of Digital Evidence, Organised Crime, Firearms Investigation, Understanding Terrorism: Causes and Theories

Year 3 – BSc Pathway
Security and Intelligence Project, Classified: The Intelligence Report, Contemporary terror Movements: Classification and Response, two option modules
Options include: Contemporary Terror Movements: Classification and Response, Issues in European Security and Defence, Russian Security from the Tsars to Putin, Modern Italy and Mediterranean Politics, Governments and Intelligence Agencies, Climate Change, Water and Conflict, Nomads, Tribal Groups and the State, Intelligence-led Policing, Cyber Crime, Transnational Organised Crime, Mass Death Scenarios.

Year 3 – BA Pathway
Security and Intelligence Project, Classified: The Intelligence Report, Governments and Intelligence Agencies, two option modules
Options include: Contemporary Terror Movements: Classification and Response, Issues in European Security and Defence, Russian Security from the Tsars to Putin, Modern Italy and Mediterranean Politics, Climate Change, Water and Conflict, Nomads, Tribal Groups and the State, Intelligence-led Policing, Cyber Crime, Transnational Organised Crime, Mass Death Scenarios.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,000
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)

Department:

Law, Policing and Forensics

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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.

92%
high
International history

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.

Social sciences

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
86%
Male students
14%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
E
C

History

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
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

82%
Library resources
67%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
92%
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?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
18%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
E

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.

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
74%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

40%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
27%
Welfare professionals
4%
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.

History

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.

94%
med
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

History is a very popular subject (although numbers have fallen of late) — in 2015, over 10,000 UK students graduated in a history-related course. Obviously, there aren't 11,000 jobs as historians available every year, but history is a good, flexible degree that allows graduates to go into a wide range of different jobs, and consequently history graduates have an unemployment rate comparable to the national graduate average. Many — probably most — jobs for graduates don't ask for a particular degree to go into them and history graduates are well set to take advantage. That's why so many go into jobs in the finance industry, human resources, marketing, PR and events management, as well as the more obvious roles in education, welfare and the arts. Around one in five history graduates went into further study last year. History and teaching were the most popular further study subjects for history graduates, but law, journalism, and politics were also popular postgraduate courses.

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.

£41k

£41k

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.

History and archaeology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£23k

£23k

£20k

£20k

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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