Undergraduate Study

BSc Politics and International Relations

UCAS code L292
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2020
Contact

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Entry requirements

A levels: AAA
IB: 36
BTEC: DDD

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Campus

Streatham, Exeter

Discipline Politics and International Relations

Overview

  • You’ll learn how government is constituted and how politics takes place on a global scale
  • Offered under the prestigious Q-Step programme, we will train you in applied methods and techniques of political research
  • Our optional work placement gives you the opportunity to use your new skills in the real world. Typically lasting 3 to 6 weeks you can choose from a wide range of organisations and receive a bursary of up to £2000
  • We place considerable emphasis on teaching in small groups allowing you to actively discuss and debate your ideas and work closely with academic staff
  • You’ll build CV enhancing skills in research techniques, quantitative data analysis and software relevant to a variety of careers

5th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*

9th for Politics in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

Opportunities to study abroad

Accreditations

The BSc is offered under the Q-Step programme with the purpose of developing data/statistical analysis and applied research skills amongst social sciences students.

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades Required subjects
A-Level AAA n/a
IB 36 n/a
BTEC DDD n/a
GCSE C English Language
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30
BTEC: DDM

Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.

International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Course content

The BSc Politics and International Relations degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Course variants

UCAS code: L293

Our four-year ‘with Study Abroad’ degree, offers you the possibility of spending your third year abroad, studying with one of our many partner universities.

Why Study Abroad?

Living and studying in a different country is an exciting experience that broadens your academic and cultural horizons, as well as giving you the opportunity to widen your circle of friends. Students who have studied abroad demonstrate initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where they stay, may also have gained a working knowledge of another language – all key qualities that employers are looking for in today’s competitive employment environment.

Where can I Study Abroad?

We have partnership arrangements with many prestigious institutions across the globe. Exactly where you can apply to study will depend on the subjects you are studying at Exeter. For a full list please visit the Study Abroad website.

Does it count towards my degree?

Credit for academic work during your year abroad is arranged by agreement between the University of Exeter and the host institution. These marks are then translated back into your degree at Exeter. If you are Studying Abroad for a semester or full year, your time abroad will count toward your final degree. Please refer to your College Study Abroad co-ordinator for further details.

How does it affect my tuition fee and funding?

For the year that you spend studying abroad you will pay a significantly reduced tuition fee to Exeter, but nothing to your host university – for more information visit our fees pages. You will continue to receive a maintenance loan if you are eligible for this whilst on your Study Abroad year.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2020 entry

UK and EU students: £9,250 per year
International students: £18,500 per year

Please note that these figures may be subject to change.

Find out more about tuition fees and funding

Learning and teaching

How will I learn? 

We use a wide range of teaching methods as well as encouraging independent study with an increasing emphasis on seminar discussion and project work in your second and third years

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Project and group work
  • Independent study

You will also have access to personal and subject tutors who will give you the individual help and guidance you need to succeed.

How will I be assessed?

We use a range of assessment methods including many designed to reflect the skills required by employers:

  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Projects
  • Individual and small group presentations
  • Dissertation in your final year

You must pass your first year modules in order to proceed but your performance at this level does not count towards your final degree classification.

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Your future

Develop skills valued by employers

As a Politics and International Relations graduate you will have an understanding of complex political and cultural issues, often in changing environments which will be valued by employers in both the public and private sectors. Alongside this you will gain a range of academic and professional skills including:

  • Analytical, critical and independent thinking
  • Independent research
  • Problem solving
  • Discussion and group work
  • Collecting, assessing and presenting evidence
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Researching, judging and evaluating complex information
  • Articulating ideas and constructing arguments
  • Organising, planning and time management
 

Career paths

The University has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Below are a few examples of the positions or organisations our graduates have gone onto*:

(* This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey)

Job title

  • Management consultant
  • Parliamentary Caseworker and Researcher
  • Civil Servant
  • Film Production Coordinator
  • Officer Cadet
  • Analyst
  • Trainee Insurance Broker
  • Investment Assistant
  • Estate Agent
  • Communications Officer

Organisations

  • Accenture
  • National Health Service
  • Barclays PLC
  • Ogilvy and Mather
  • Treehouse PR Ltd
  • Easton Aerospace
  • Orchards of London
  • Cornells
  • Arcadia Group

Further study

Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation. Below are a few examples of further study undertaken by recent graduates of undergraduate programmes. Please note that, due to data protection the subjects of study and institutions are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Subject area

  • MA Crisis Management
  • MSc Public Policy
  • MA EU Politics
  • MA Globalisation and Communications
  • MA International Relations in the Middle East
  • MA Public Policy and Administration

Institution

  • University of Leicester
  • University of Exeter
  • Kings College London
  • University of Bristol
  • London

Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award

Many of our students participate in the Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award. These schemes encourage you to participate in employability related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market.

Developing your skills and career prospects

We provide a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. You will be able to access a range of specific activities such as careers skills sessions and employer-led events, or seek bespoke advice and support from Employability Officers based within Colleges.

The Career Zone also organises a busy schedule of activities including careers fairs, skills workshops, and training events, and can advise on graduate opportunities and volunteering.

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