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Bachelor of Arts

BA Politics and International Relations*

Our new three year BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations degree takes our expertise in training people for careers in the legal profession and applies it to career pathways in politics and international relations. You will develop the skills needed to pursue a career in these areas, as well as in related fields of employment such as local government, NGOs and public services, or to undertake graduate level studies. These skills include data analysis, critical thinking, debating, advocacy and negotiation, and applied research skills.

You will benefit from extracurricular activities such as high profile speakers, forums and debates and trips to places of interest such as the House of Commons.

*Subject to academic approval

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

A Level: BBC

GCSE: English Language Grade C/4 or above, or equivalent

Requirements for the Foundation Year differ from those listed.


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L241 (with Foundation Year)


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We have more than 250 professional tutors to prepare you for key leadership roles, whether you want to start your own firm or work for a multinational company.

Course Details

Full-time three year BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations

UCAS code L240

Our focus on practical and applied skills throughout the degree programme, means you will be able to move from analysis to political practice, preparing you for Master’s level study or employment in a wide variety of sectors.

In your first year you will gain a fundamental grounding in Politics and International Relations, ready to move on to study Political Thought, Ethics and Jurisprudence in year two and the Law of Government in year three. You will also complete a Dissertation in your final year.

In addition to your core modules you will have the opportunity to study two optional modules from an exciting set of courses, such as Democracy, Human Rights and Global Politics, The Politics of Control, etc. This will enable you to learn more about particular academic and/or career interests, preparing you for your future career.

When you study BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with us, you will receive:

  • The highest standard of teaching from experienced professionals
  • Small class sizes
  • A choice of campuses across the UK
  • A focus on practical and applied skills attractive to employers in a wide range of sectors
  • Specialist modules to enhance your employment prospects
  • A variety of extracurricular activities such as high profile speakers, forums and debates and trips to places of interest such as the House of Commons

Foundation Year

UCAS code L241

You can choose to take an additional Foundation Year before you start your course. This introductory year focuses on developing the key skills required to study at degree level. You will study six modules and on successful completion progress onto any of our three year degrees.

Course Structure

Semester 1

  • Citizenship
  • Academic and Report Writing
  • Numeracy Skills in Context

Semester 2

  • Foundations of Business Management
  • Foundations of Law
  • Foundations of Social Science

Semester 1

  • Public Law
  • What is Politics and IR?
  • Comparative Politics

Semester 2

  • Political Professional Skills Module 1: Political Academic Skills
  • Politics: Structure and Processes
  • Contemporary Issues in IR

Semester 1

  • Ethics and Jurisprudence
  • Politics and IR as a Career
  • Political Thought

Semester 2

  • Professional Skills Module 2: Practical Political Skills
  • EU as a Political Institution

Choose one*:

  • Democracy, Human Rights and Global Politics
  • International War Crimes
  • Genocide and Hate
  • Modern British Politics
  • The Politics of Poverty, Inequality and Welfare

*All options are indicative and subject to availability.

Semester 1

  • The Law of Government
  • Research Methods

Choose one*:

  • The Global War on Drugs
  • The Politics of Control
  • Migration
  • The Politics of Criminal Justice
  • Empire and Postcolonialism

*All options are indicative and subject to availability.

Semester 2

  • Professional Skills Module 3: Research Project Module
  • Dissertation (double module)
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Want to boost your leadership skills?

In the summer after Year 2 of this course you have the opportunity to attend our International Leadership Summer School.

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Assessments may consist of individual in-class tests, individual reports, in-class group presentations, group projects and exams.


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This course has an innovatively flexible structure, with specific assessments that are conducive to effective learning.

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Fees and Applying


Applications for this course open later in 2021 and the first course will run in September 2022 (subject to approval). Please register your interest.

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2022 fees:

Fees for this course are to be confirmed.



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