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University of Northampton

International Relations and Politics

UCAS Code: 5L9L

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

Access to HE Diploma

M:30

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M3,M3

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

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

H3,H3,H3,H3

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

DD

Accepted at DM with an BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma at Merit, or with an A-level at C.

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

DMM

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

112

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

International relations

Choosing to study International Relations and Politics with us will provide you with an exciting and varied curriculum, as well as opportunities to apply your learning in international settings. Through this course you will develop a critical understanding of contemporary issues such as threats to global security, the changing nature of international co-operation and power alignments, environmental politics, the future of democracy, and the politics of communication.

This course provides you with an excellent grounding for careers across the public, private and voluntary sectors. The transferable skills gained through studying International Relations and Politics are highly sought after by employers in a wide variety of contexts, such as public administration, commerce, marketing, public relations, management, journalism and international development. If you are seeking to work in an international capacity, particularly in areas connected with international policy and advocacy, then studying International Relations and Politics will give you a distinct advantage with future employers.

A special feature of the International Relations and Politics course is the research placement in Stage Two, where you will have the opportunity to work with relevant organisations in the UK or abroad. Recent students have undertaken placements with members of parliament, in their constituencies and in parliament, as well as with political parties.

**By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:**

- You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.

- Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (northampton.ac.uk/benefits).

- Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

- Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.

- We invest more money into your education than 90% of Universities in the UK**

- Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.

**The Northampton Employment Promise**

- In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that if you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.

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Modules

**STAGE 1**
• Introduction to International Relations (compulsory)
• States, Empires and the Changing Global Order (compulsory)
• Power and Vision: Introduction to Politics (compulsory)
• Politics in the UK (compulsory)
• Communication, Freedom and Democracy (compulsory)
• International Development: Social and Cultural Issues and Debates (compulsory)

**STAGE 2**
• Security, Terror and New Wars (compulsory)
• Global North: Power and Transformations (compulsory)
• Politics and International Relations in Practice (Placement Module) (compulsory)
• Research Methods1 (compulsory)
• International Field Module1 (compulsory)
• Democracy in Action (designated)
• Globalisation and Development in the 21st Century (designated)
• Global Information Networks (designated)
• The Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa (designated)

**STAGE 3**
• International Relations & Politics Dissertation (compulsory)
• Global Ethics and Identities (compulsory)
• Development and Change in the Global South (compulsory)
• Propaganda, Scandal and the Media (designated)
• The Politics of the Dispossessed (designated)
• The Political Economy of China (designated)
• Contemporary Challenges in World Politics (designated)

Module information is quoted for 19/20 currently.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed primarily (though not exclusively) through continuous forms of coursework. We use a diverse range of assessments designed to develop both your knowledge of the course area and important key skills, including written and oral communication and critical analysis. Examples of assessments include traditional essays, short assignments, presentations, participation in debates, internet research assignments as well as interactive technology (e.g. computer gaming in relation to international diplomacy and strategy). Most modules involve two or three units of assessment spread out over the academic year.

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
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Northampton

Department:

Faculty of Business and Law

TEF rating:
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What students say


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

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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?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
24%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
A

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.

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.

£21,600
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
58%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Caring personal services
14%
Welfare professionals
9%
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.

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.

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

£19k

£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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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