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BA(Hons)

Politics and International Relations (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
L29F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
48
Department:
Health and Social Sciences
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; part-time
Delivery:
Full-time; part-time
Study abroad:
Yes
Programme leader:
Dr Stephen McGlinchey
Key fact:
Our course is ranked 11th in the 2018 Guardian University League Tables, and will equip you with the real-world skills demanded by today's most forward-thinking employers.

Page last updated 3 November 2017

Introduction

Why study politics and international relations?

To understand governments, individuals, organisations and countries properly, we need to examine the different influences, dynamics, conflicts and interactions at play.

Being able to unpick domestic and international political issues requires a unique set of skills, which can open up exciting career opportunities for you, both inside and outside the political world.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Politics and International Relations allows you to study both subjects equally or specialise in aspects of either programme.

Looking at everything from how popular movements, cultures and great thinkers view conflicts, to the EU, terrorism and the abuse of human rights, you'll benefit from the support of our inspirational staff and interactive teaching.

The course is designed to give you a strong balance of academic knowledge and the practical skills employers seek.

Hone your skills on interesting work placements in years two and three. Study in Europe as part of your degree, and gain valuable extra experience by volunteering with one of our industry contacts.

We also hold regular research events where you can debate contemporary political issues, and test out and strengthen your professional skills.

Where can it take me?

Politics and international relations graduates are in demand across many professions.

They find jobs in government, the civil service, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), accountancy, human resources, media and journalism.

You could also get involved in research or education, or specialise further with postgraduate study.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Academic Skills for Social Sciences
  • Exploring the Social World and the Problems of Crime
  • From Plato to Nato
  • People and Social Science.

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You will study:

  • Politics Beyond the Nation State
  • Politics, States and Resistance
  • Ethics and Power
  • Politics of Crisis and Change
  • Critical Thinking.

Year two

You will study:

  • Theories of Politics and International Relations
  • Nature and Use of Research
  • Developing Self and Society

Plus two optional modules from:

  • US Foreign Policy: From Cold War to Terror War
  • Global Political Economy
  • International Development
  • Human Rights and the International Order
  • Comparative Politics
  • The Politics of European Integration
  • Gender and Global Politics.

Final year

You will study:

  • Social Sciences Project and Placement Module

Plus three optional modules from:

  • Ethical Issues in Politics
  • Europe in the World
  • Politics of Latin American Underdevelopment
  • The Politics of Climate Change
  • Global Governance
  • Theories of Justice
  • Theories and Practices of Securitisation
  • Policy-making in Britain.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different. 

Learning and Teaching

You'll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials. We keep seminar groups as small as possible to keep them engaging and interactive.

Online tutorials and simulation games deepen your understanding and enable you to practise your skills. You'll also have the opportunity to go on field trips to places such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to see modern politics in action.

Independent study is vital. You'll read around the subject in your own time, looking at books, articles, official documents and websites.

The course lecturers and tutors are involved in internationally-renowned research. Read about some of their work on our 'Politics in Action' blog and the e-International Relations website.

You'll have a personal academic tutor, and peer-assisted learning (PAL), where you'll be mentored by a second or third year student.

Staff hold weekly office hours, where you can discuss your work or your progress more generally. We try to see you outside those times as well, and get back to any emails promptly.

Our teaching ethos is informal, supportive and welcoming.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Find out more about our academic staff, their teaching expertise and research interests.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
024%76%0%100%
126%74%0%100%
223%74%3%100%
319%81%0%100%

Get involved

Attend our fortnightly student-staff events where guest speakers discuss contemporary issues and explain the role of politics in different professions. Recent topics have included: criminalising hate speech in a democratic society, the EU's role in the former Yugoslavia, and Iran's nuclear programme.

Join our student-run Politics and International Relations Society to debate current political issues and to network with other students from across the University.

Keep up to date with the latest news and discuss contemporary political developments on the UWE Bristol Politics and International Relations Facebook page.

Study time

You'll have at least 12 hours of teaching and related activities each week.

Assessment

We'll assess you using a mix of essays, seminar presentations, timed assignments, case studies, literature reviews, oral presentations, simulation games, your dissertation and formal unseen examinations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
022%65%13%100%
125%59%16%100%
230%59%11%100%
330%64%6%100%

Features

Placements

Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

In year two, you can do a module which combines a work placement with reflecting on your experience. In your final year, you may take a placement module, where you'll work for up to 20 days, and apply your expertise in a work environment.

Many students also volunteer with organisations. These roles can lead to further involvement or paid work after graduation.

You'll get help to find a placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Study year abroad

You'll also have opportunities to study overseas on courses that are taught in English and are relevant to your degree. The study year abroad is not a paid placement. 

Study facilities

You'll be on based on our Frenchay Campus, where you'll find modern, well-equipped facilities to support your studies.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Politics and international relations students graduate with the skills to build fulfilling careers in many fields.

You could go on to work in government, the civil service, NGOs, research organisations or education. You'll also be well equipped to go into areas such as marketing, HR, industrial relations, PR, finance and investment, accountancy or journalism.

Postgraduate study is another option to you, where you can specialise in a particular area or do a professional qualification to move into a career like law. 

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Politics and International Relations course.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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