Politics and International Relations at Swansea University

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.

BA Politics 

BA International Relations 

BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) 

Key Features

  • Ranked Top-10 for teaching experience (Times and Sunday Times 2018), Top-20 in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and Top-20 for career prospects (Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • You will study in one of the select Departments in the UK to offer the British Parliamentary Studies modules where you will be taught by our specialist academic staff and members of parliament. You will also visit the House of Commons in London
  • You will have the competitive option of undertaking an internship module with the National Assembly for Wales working closely with assembly ministers
  • You can also choose modules from American Studies, Politics, Public Policy and War Studies.
  • Guest speakers/ Industry talks / presentations
  • Semester abroad in Hong Kong, Singapore or the USA
  • You will have an academic mentor who will provide you with pastoral and academic support
  • 91% of Graduates are employed or in further study within 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
  • Scholarships available 


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.


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.    

More about our programme


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.

Salma El-Hankouri


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:

  • Westminster Forum Projects
  • Labour Party
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

MA Development and Human Rights 

MA International Relations 

MA International Security and Development 

MA Politics 

MA Public Policy 

MA War and Society 

Salary scale - £20,000-£42,000