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University of Huddersfield

International Politics

UCAS Code: L240

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

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

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a grade B in an A Level or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or National Extended Certificate

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Politics

Why International Politics?

We live in an increasingly globalised society. Organisations and governments are looking for people who understand how decisions are made across economic, social and political institutions. This course aims to help you critically engage with issues such as conflict resolution, the growth of democracy and development and international systems of governance.

On this course we'll help you develop the transferable skills that employers are looking for in the real world. Previous Politics graduates have gone on to roles in education, the media, business, politics, charities, human resources and within the community (information taken from LinkedIn).

How will you learn?

* Our lecturing team will give you the opportunity to explore the factors influencing social and political change. Our lecturers will draw on their research expertise in ways that could stimulate and inspire you, and you’ll be encouraged to develop your own debating and research skills in a supportive environment too.

* We’ll give you the chance to undertake a work placement in your second year to gain crucial insights into the professional and political world. You might be working with an elected representative, charitable organisations, local government, media or an educational institution.

* As the course looks at politics with an international perspective, you could choose to study a foreign language. You might also get the opportunity to study abroad for a term in your second year.

* We’ll give you the opportunity to take part in lots of extra-curricular activities. From special guest lecturers such as Members of Parliament and political figures, through to student-led debates, the focus is very much on getting you involved and active in the political world.

The Politics provision at Huddersfield is impressive. The courses offer up-to-date content, delivered and assessed in engaging and innovative ways. The modules are underpinned by fine research and scholarship. The courses are designed to advance not only the academic skills of the students, but a considerable amount of attention is also given to embedding and developing the transferable skills that will serve graduates well in the job market. ~ Dr Eamonn O'Kane, External Examiner.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
Exploring the Social Sciences
Introduction to Politics
Issues in Justice; Ethics and Citizenship

Option modules
Choose one from a list which may include:
Policy and Society

Or a foreign language module.

Foreign languages must be taken from year one in order to study a foreign language in years two and three. The only exception is if you can demonstrate that you already have a reasonable prior level of study and have acquired intermediate level qualifications.

Year 2
Core modules:
Researching Democratisation
Professional Work Placement Module

Option modules
Choose four from a list which may include:
British Party Politics
Competing Perspectives on Development
Ethnicity and Nationalism
Modern India: from Raj to Independence c.1860-1950
US Politics and Society
Hitler's Germany: Life and Death in the Third Reich
Living an Examined Life: Political Philosophy and Ethics in the Real World

Or a foreign language module.

Foreign languages must be taken from year one in order to study a foreign language in years two and three. The only exception is if you can demonstrate that you already have a reasonable prior level of study and have acquired intermediate level qualifications.

You may also have the opportunity to study abroad (outside of Europe) (https://www.hud.ac.uk/international/study-abroad-and-exchanges/exchanges/)for a term in your second year. Within Europe, the University is also part of Erasmus+ (https://www.hud.ac.uk/international/study-abroad-and-exchanges/erasmus/), the European Commission’s Exchange programme, giving you the chance to study for part of your degree in another country.

Year 3
Core module:
Final Year Project for the Social Sciences

Option modules
Choose four from a list which may include:
Humanity 2.0: Living and Participating in the Digital Age
Film and Cinema
The Government and Politics of Europe
Race; Ethnicity and Difference
Representing the Social: Culture and Society
Terrorism and Conflict Resolution
Critical Social Policy in Contemporary Society
The Dark Years, 1940-1944: Collaboration, Resistance and Memory in Wartime France
International Crises since 1945

Or a foreign language module.

Foreign languages must be taken from year one in order to study a foreign language in years two and three. The only exception is if you can demonstrate that you already have a reasonable prior level of study and have acquired intermediate level qualifications.

Assessment methods

Assessment will include coursework, practice/competency-based learning and examination.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

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
£9,250
per year
International
£15,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Please see our website for full details of the scholarship http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Department of Behavioural & Social Sciences

TEF rating:
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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.

79%
med
Politics

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

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
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

100%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

66%
UK students
34%
International students
67%
Male students
33%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
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.

£21,600
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
59%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Welfare professionals
8%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
7%
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.

£15k

£15k

£19k

£19k

£16k

£16k

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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