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Current, relevant and inspiring, this course offers you an exciting opportunity to study the political dimensions of life around the world, recognising the connections between people, locales, ideas and problems.

How do states interact with one another and what implications does this have for individuals?

Should we be concerned primarily with our own well-being or do we have duties and responsibilities beyond our own borders? How can we be secure?

Does democracy still work for us or are there other ways of expressing our voice and finding solutions for shared problems?

At the heart of the course is the belief that individuals can make a difference and effect positive change in the world.

It is shaped around three core themes that we encourage you to explore in greater depth, while exploring a range of topics. These themes include “war, conflict and security”, “democracy and active citizens” and “governance”. 

The theme of “democracy and active citizens” encourages you to ask why some states become democratic and others don’t, how politics work in non-democratic countries, what democracy is and whether we still need it, how democracy is practised at local and regional level, and how individuals and groups (active citizens) face today’s crisis of democracy. 

The theme of “war, conflict and security” investigates why states go to war with each other and how they manage to avoid doing so, how we engage with security challenges within and beyond our own borders, how war and conflict are regulated through international organisations, and what type of challenges we face in a world in which war between states has become rare. 

Governance is the unifying theme for both international politics and domestic politics as you will analyse a range of institutions from the local to the international, and ways of managing social and political problems beyond traditional centralised, top-down approaches of organising.

We provide an extensive range of modules, from Chinese Politics to Terrorism and Active Citizens, allowing you to explore politics from all angles. We work with you to explore contemporary challenges that are covered in various modules and from different angles; for example, environmental politics and climate change, the place of contemporary Britain in a changing world, or the role of the media in shaping our understanding of the world, social and political problems, and the political responses to them.

Taking an integrated approach to academic theory and applying it to real world problems, this course will provide you with the tools to make a difference in your personal and professional life.

A highly integrated and distinctive course which goes beyond traditional policy analysis to focus on global citizenship and agency.

The fastest rising UK university in the world rankings, (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2020)

For more information in relation to studying International Relations and Politics, contact Northumbria University today on 0191 406 0901 or register for International Relations and Politics updates. 

 

Current, relevant and inspiring, this course offers you an exciting opportunity to study the political dimensions of life around the world, recognising the connections between people, locales, ideas and problems.

How do states interact with one another and what implications does this have for individuals?

Should we be concerned primarily with our own well-being or do we have duties and responsibilities beyond our own borders? How can we be secure?

Does democracy still work for us or are there other ways of expressing our voice and finding solutions for shared problems?

At the heart of the course is the belief that individuals can make a difference and effect positive change in the world.

It is shaped around three core themes that we encourage you to explore in greater depth, while exploring a range of topics. These themes include “war, conflict and security”, “democracy and active citizens” and “governance”. 

The theme of “democracy and active citizens” encourages you to ask why some states become democratic and others don’t, how politics work in non-democratic countries, what democracy is and whether we still need it, how democracy is practised at local and regional level, and how individuals and groups (active citizens) face today’s crisis of democracy. 

The theme of “war, conflict and security” investigates why states go to war with each other and how they manage to avoid doing so, how we engage with security challenges within and beyond our own borders, how war and conflict are regulated through international organisations, and what type of challenges we face in a world in which war between states has become rare. 

Governance is the unifying theme for both international politics and domestic politics as you will analyse a range of institutions from the local to the international, and ways of managing social and political problems beyond traditional centralised, top-down approaches of organising.

We provide an extensive range of modules, from Chinese Politics to Terrorism and Active Citizens, allowing you to explore politics from all angles. We work with you to explore contemporary challenges that are covered in various modules and from different angles; for example, environmental politics and climate change, the place of contemporary Britain in a changing world, or the role of the media in shaping our understanding of the world, social and political problems, and the political responses to them.

Taking an integrated approach to academic theory and applying it to real world problems, this course will provide you with the tools to make a difference in your personal and professional life.

A highly integrated and distinctive course which goes beyond traditional policy analysis to focus on global citizenship and agency.

The fastest rising UK university in the world rankings, (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2020)

For more information in relation to studying International Relations and Politics, contact Northumbria University today on 0191 406 0901 or register for International Relations and Politics updates. 

 

Course Information

UCAS Code
L2L2

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Social Sciences

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020 or September 2021

Fee Information

Department / Social Sciences

The Department of Social Sciences offers an extensive range of courses in Criminology, Sociology, International Relations International Development, Media, Journalism and Mass Communications.

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This course is designed to promote research-rich learning and to be responsive to your needs. You will study core modules aimed at developing your understanding of theory and practice, enabling you to engage with contemporary debates.

You will learn how political research is carried out and explore different methodologies within the discipline, including collecting and analysing data. This base of research skills will provide the foundation blocks for your dissertation, as well as your future career. You will leave us, not only an incisive and critical thinker, but a critical citizen.

Book an Open Day / Experience International Relations and Politics

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study International Relations and Politics. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

You will learn from enthusiastic and well-published teachers and researchers from across the UK and Europe. Our team is one of the most research-active groups in the Department of Social Sciences, publishing widely in well-known academic journals, responding to contemporary issues and developments, as well as engaging with wider political ideas that shape the way we think and act politically.

Our staff have extensive experience of working for governmental and non-governmental organisations in project and course evaluations, voluntary and community sector involvement, neighbourhood governance and local partnership working. They have conducted research for think tanks and academic institutions around the globe.

Staff / Meet the Team

When it comes to making sure you learn from the best, our staff are second to none.

Book an Open Day / Experience International Relations and Politics BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study International Relations and Politics. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

In conjunction with traditional lectures and seminars, we use a range of technology -enhanced applications including Blackboard, TurnitinUK and electronic reading lists to support your learning. The course team have developed a blog to keep you up to speed with current and relevant debates in politics as well as bringing you the latest course news.

The teaching team are also keen to pioneer new approaches to engage you via smartphones and associated apps and via social media, with the aim to improve your learning experience. We will experiment with new ways of engaging you via tablets and other devices to enable individual and group interaction.

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Book an Open Day / Experience International Relations and Politics BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study International Relations and Politics. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This research-rich course has been designed so that you are at its centre. In the first year of study, you will learn core concepts and theories, study different political systems, investigate the nature and merit of democracy, the role of Britain in the modern world, and the question of why and how states go to war or choose to cooperate with one another. Your second year will build upon this base with themes such as governance (global and national), the further study of theories of international relations and the application of research methods, with greater emphasis on developing your competence in investigating and solving problems. Your third year is about the consolidation of these skills so that you are prepared for a life beyond university, as a global citizen as well as a graduate professional.

Our research activity has not only led to excellent results in the recent Research Excellence Framework, a national exercise to measure excellence in research, but also shapes the way we teach and how our students learn. You will be taught by research active staff, who will introduce you to the latest thinking and research in their field. We will guide you to ask your own questions and conduct research, whether that is for academic or professional purposes.

Research / Social Sciences

Research in Social Sciences is supported by one specialist Research Centre and three Research Groups: International Development; International Public Policy and Management; Civil Society and Citizenship; Crime and Justice.

Book an Open Day / Experience International Relations and Politics BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study International Relations and Politics. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This course aims to produce global citizens who are incisive and creative thinkers and not afraid to ask the big and often challenging questions. Our aim is to develop students who believe they can change society for the better.

Many of our graduates go on to work in politics, for example as analysts or advisers for MPs and political parties, for local government or the Civil Service. This degree prepares you well for a career in the legal profession and journalism, while the analytical and independent research skills you gain will also serve you well in management roles elsewhere, such as retail.

Graduates on related degrees have gone on to enjoy careers in Westminster and Brussels, in local government, in the charitable sector, in retail, banking and finance and in self-employment. Many graduate jobs require you to gather, synthesise and represent complex ideas and relationships in writing, in oral presentations and increasingly also visually. Our teaching and learning activities will provide you with plenty of opportunity to give presentations and practise your ability to inform, ‘teach’ and indeed persuade your audience. Using a range of active learning activities, such as simulations and debates, as well as innovative types of assessment, you will be able to apply your learning and prepare for future employment.

This course will foster your intellectual curiosity and help you to become a critical, independent thinker. You will be introduced to a range of learning activities that have employability and enterprise at the core. You will have the opportunity to do work experience and engage in extra-curricular activities such as debating or volunteering to further develop your skills and, more importantly, your interests.

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Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study International Relations and Politics. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
There are no additional requirements for this course

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications 

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1*: TBC

** Fees for 2021/22 have not yet been announced – as an indication fees for 2020/21 are £9,250.

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

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