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BScPolitics and International Relations

University of Southampton
United Kingdom, Southampton
Tuition fee £16,054 per year
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Our BSc Politics and International Relations combines the study of international relations with the more traditional disciplines of political theory and comparative politics. It affords an opportunity to develop a firm grounding in both the theory and practice of global politics, and therefore to develop a particularly in-depth understanding of the contemporary political world.

Programme structure

Enables you to specialise in areas of contemporary political and global importance such as globalization, security studies, migration, development, international organisations, and national/regional politics.

Helps develop indispensable research skills such as effective oral and written communication, problem-solving, data analysis and independent thought.

Provides excellent training for a wide range of careers in the civil service, international organisations, NGOs, advocacy and lobby groups, political campaigning, journalism, as well as in a broad range of corporate and business careers.

Provides a strong grounding for future postgraduate study in global politics or politics.
The key features of this programme are breadth, depth, flexibility and choice:

Breadth is achieved by studying across the essential subfields of political theory, global politics, public policy, and political analysis, and in delivering rigorous training in research methods.
Depth is achieved through the range of compulsory modules in Year 2, which build on the foundations delivered in Year 1, and which together provide the knowledge and understanding required of a politics and international relations degree.

Flexibility is achieved through the optional module capacity in each year of study, which provides for specialisation as your knowledge and understanding of the discipline develops, and through the dissertation in Year 3, which is pursued in a topic of your choice in politics and international relations.

Choice is achieved by way of the wide selection of available options, which enable you to deepen your knowledge in those areas of most interest to you.

Career opportunities

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards and right from the first lecture. We explain the degree skills which are taught throughout the modules and offer a number of optional employability modules.

The skills you will acquire are in high demand. Our degrees are a passport to vocational and non-vocational careers alike, with recent graduates employed in the Foreign Office, British Council, international organisations and NGOs.

Councillor Paul Holmes is a graduate of Politics and International Relations. “Not only did I receive a degree from an internationally recognised university, I also made some great friends,” he said. “I would very much recommend studying at Southampton. It is a genuinely nice place with great facilities, friendly staff and great course mates.”

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Oct 1, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States