Politics & International Relations BSc

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Politics & International Relations BSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      3 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      £ 9,250 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      £ 17,065

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    The University of Southampton’s Politics and International Relations BSc program is informed by three main disciplines – International Relations, Political Theory and Comparative Politics. Collectively, it allows students to develop a firm foundation in the study of global politics, from both the theoretical and practical perspectives, as well as a deep understanding of the political world of today.

    You might choose to specialise in national or regional politics, international organisations, economic development, migration, international security or globalisation, among many other possibilities.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This is a 3 year program for most students. Each year will see you studying a total of 8 modules, each worth 15 credits. In addition, you will complete a 30 credit dissertation, accounting for 2 of the modules in your last year.  

    Years 1 and 2:

    In your first two years, you will take a range of compulsory modules designed to give you a working knowledge of the political world and the theory of international relations. You will also study research methods in depth, in order to prepare you for your year 3 research project and dissertation. In addition you will be able to select optional elective modules to begin specialising your education.

    Year 1 and 2 modules will include Politics & International Relations as well as introductory modules in Economics, Sociology and various Social Sciences, History, Philosophy and Modern Languages.

    Year 3:

    Your third year will see you taking more advanced elective modules in order to define your special area (or areas) of expertise. You’ll also conduct a research project and subsequent dissertation.

    Learning & Teaching

    Southampton’s Politics and International Relations degree program uses many different learning and teaching methods. In particular, Southampton relies on research-led learning, and the content of these modules relates directly to the research that academic staff do every day. This ensures not only up to the minute relevance, but a nuanced understanding of the way the world of international politics works.

    Career Possiblities

    The University of Southampton’s Politics and International Relations program is designed with employability in mind. In addition to the core curriculum, there are several specialised employability modules available.   

    This degree prepares graduates to enter a broad spectrum of different careers. Recent graduates have taken roles with multinational corporations, as journalists, as political campaigners, as advocates and lobbyists, in NGOs and other international organisations, and of course in the civil service.

    Entry Credit

    Entry Requirements for UK and EU-nationals

    Applicants for the University of Southampton’s Politics and International Relations program must have achieved 3 A Levels at ABAB or higher, or an equivalent qualification. General Studies A Levels will not be applicable.

    Entry Requirements for overseas (non-EU) students

    You must have equivalent academic achievements to those required for UK and EU students. The different qualifications accepted by Southampton can be found here.

    In addition you must be able to show that you are fluent in written and spoken English. An IELTS level of no less than 6.5 overall, but other proofs are accepted. For more details, see here.

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