Why does contemporary politics seem so focused on security? How can we explain the outcome of the Brexit referendum – and how will it affect the UK? When does the transition from war to peace fail, and how can we make it work? Why do gender stereotypes and racial discrimination still shape our society? What makes an issue ‘political’ – and what is excluded because it does not fit this definition?
Our BA Programme in Politics & International Relations enables you to understand the central challenges that national and international politics faces in the 21st century. You will gain an independent, critical and nuanced insight to global issues beyond simplifying news stories and one-sided political narratives. Combining this contemporary focus with a thorough training in all major areas of political science, the course enables you to develop the knowledge and skills to question, analyse and discuss both what does occur in politics, and what should occur in politics. This ability to break down, examine and problematize phenomena on an abstract level to find alternatives and possible solutions prepares you for a wide range of careers in political advocacy, media or marketing.
You can also study Politics and International Relations in combination with another subject:
Dr Benjamin Nutt
You can contact Ben B.Nutt@herts.ac.uk
Dr Elisa Randazzo
You can contact Elisa at E.Randazzo@herts.ac.uk
Find out more about Dr Elisa Randazzo
Dr Francesca Batzella
You can contact Francesca at F.Batzella@herts.ac.uk
Find out more about Dr Francesca Batzella
Ms Hannah Richter
You can contact Hannah at H.Richter@herts.ac.uk
Find out more about Ms Hannah Richter
Our Politics & International Relations programme provides you with in-depth knowledge of national and international politics and allows you to develop and demonstrate a wide range of transferrable intellectual and personal skills. Your studies will help you to analyse issues critically and think creatively, present arguments convincingly and work in an independent and efficient way.
These experiences and skills are a solid and valuable foundation for many different careers, but are particularly useful if you aim to work in governmental or non-governmental organisations, the media, public relations, marketing or administration. Our students also have access to the University's Careers, Employment and Enterprise Service that can help you with seeking work experience, applying for jobs or starting up your own business.
The BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations has been designed to build your skills, knowledge and confidence through a balance of core modules, which cover key skills and concepts in the field, and a selection of optional modules, which allow you to specialise in your own areas of interest.
The way our courses are convened is specific to each module and subject area, but all modules are taught through a combination of weekly lectures, and weekly workshops where you can apply your knowledge and discuss its implications in practice. You will be assessed through a diverse set of exercises such as essays, exams, simulation tasks, policy reports or video assignments.
The Politics and International Relations programme offers students the chance to undertake an Internship module in year 3.
Our programme offers you the opportunity to add practical experience to your studies in a year-long work placement in an optional sandwich year in year 3.
Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme. This is a great opportunity to live in another country and to make new contacts and friendships. It will also allow students to broaden their education and gain new perspectives.
*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
72 - 168 UCAS points
IB – 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above.
GCSE Maths grade 4 (D) and English Language grade 4 (C) or above.
The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.
All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.
If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.
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