Study a BA (Hons) Politics or BA (Hons) International Relations degree at Swansea University. Open your mind and study British, European politics, electoral issues, democracy, globalization and global institutions, development and human rights, International and regional politics, peace and conflict, political economy, security studies and strategic studies. You can take an internship with the Welsh Assembly Government and also the British Parliamentary Studies module where you will be taught by our specialist academic staff and members of British Parliament. The world of politics does not stand still you will learn something new every day. Be an influencer – come and join us.
The degree structure is flexible, offering a wide-range of specialist modules that allow students to tailor their degree to their future career goals while developing their individual interests. You will be taught by innovative experts who have strong national and international links. Designed for both UK/EU and international students, our programmes cover war and peace, conflict and cooperation, wealth and poverty, power and change, and the understanding patterns of behaviour between the actors in the world - from states, to presidents, to corporations.
Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement. We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including BTEC Diploma DMM; International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.
International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.
TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT
In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.
My degree is fantastic. I have learnt so much about politics, developed valuable essay writing skills and I have been able to get familiar with diverse policy areas in IR. The professors are very helpful and my experience as a student in IR is self-fulfilling and very interesting. I have had the chance to study abroad at an American university in Virginia for a semester and I loved it! I learnt so many things in just one semester, I made many great friends and got to experience the American way of life. Swansea University is a fantastic place to study and I highly recommend the course to anyone interested in the area.
EMPLOYABILITY AND CAREERS
91% of Graduates are employed or in further study within 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
Our Graduates are truly international and are employed all around the world. They have careers in education, government and politics, humanitarian organisation, business, media and public relations, law and public services
Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, government, research and events management, working for organisations such as:
Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:
Salary scale - £20,000-£42,000