BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations

  • You’ll be part of a closely connected community of students. Small class sizes and personalised support mean that you can learn in a way that fits your study needs and career goals.
  • Our research active staff will give you an insight to the issues and debates in current national and international politics and organise events and trips for you, for example to the House of Parliament.
  • You’ll gain the skills to work in a wide range of careers from journalism to public relations and marketing, local and national government as well as NGOs such as Greenpeace or Amnesty International.

About the course

How can we make sense of Brexit and the election of Trump? Should the international community intervene in Syria? Why do gender stereotypes and racial discrimination still determine opportunities in our society?

On the BA in Politics and International Relations you’ll study the central challenges that politics faces in the 21st century. You’ll develop the skills to understand, analyse, and critically debate the issues and arguments that shape national and international politics today. Our Politics and International Relations degree allows you to take your interest in politics and add the knowledge and training to turn it into a successful career in the world of local and global politics, the media or business.

Why choose this course?

  • Study modules that reflect current political issues from “Brexit” to decolonising the curriculum in our “Post-colonial Theory and Non-Western Philosophy” module.
  • Go on trips to Parliament and research institutes and benefit from our proximity to London.
  • Boost your employability through skills training, opportunities to do work experience and dedicated careers events organised as part of your study.
  • Have the chance to develop your own analysis of contemporary political issues such as the rise of right-wing populism or the Arab-Israeli conflict in your dissertation project.
  • Get the support you need to succeed in your studies through integrated skills sessions, academic writing tutors and a dedicated student support team.
  • Tailor your degree by choosing optional modules from History and Law that match your interests and career ambitions.
  • Study abroad at one of our partner institutions in Europe, North America, Australia or Asia or diversify your skills by studying a language alongside your course.

What will I study?

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.

Our BA in Politics and International Relations is taught through:

  • Live lectures recorded for flexible learning
  • Seminars where you can discuss and apply what you learned in small groups
  • Workshops to develop and practice research skills

One of the main differences between school and university is how much control you have over your learning. At university, as well as spending time in classes, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff.

On the course you will be assessed through innovative assignments including:

  • A cabinet crisis simulation
  • A critical intervention into a political issue of your choice
  • A research poster presentation


The skills in research, critical analysis and communication you’ll develop on this course lend themselves to many different industries. Usually Politics and International Relations graduates work in one of the following professional fields:

  • Media
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Civil service
  • Consultancy
  • Political advocacy for think-tanks and NGOs such as Amnesty International
  • Parliamentary research
  • Business
  • Teaching

After you graduate, you'll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers Office as you advance in your career.