BSc Politics and International Relations
|Typical offer||AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34; BTEC DDD|
|Discipline||Politics and International Relations|
This exciting and distinctive programme includes study of the major areas of politics and international relations, as well as optional modules which closely reflect the research interests of staff. You’ll have the chance to combine political studies with training in the methods and techniques of political research which will provide you with valuable career-skills. You’ll study how government is constituted and how politics takes place on a global scale. You may also be able to extend your studies by a year in order to convert your degree into a Masters qualification (depending on academic attainment).
Q-Step and applied research skills
This degree programme is offered as part of the prestigious Q-Step programme which aims to equip social sciences students with the types of applied research and data analysis skills sought by employers. If you choose this degree you have the opportunity to undertake work experience, typically for 3 to 6 weeks, with one of our industry partners and receive a work experience bursary of up to £2,000. You’ll build CV enhancing experience in research techniques, quantitative data analysis and software relevant to a variety of careers including business, social research, marketing, policy analysis and politics.
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.
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.
Entry requirements 2019
AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34; BTEC DDD
Additional selection criteria
We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.
In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.
*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.
International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programme for Humanities, Law and Social Science.
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.
Learning and teaching
Your teaching will include lectures, tutorials and seminars, with a growing emphasis at each successive level on student-led learning.
We place considerable emphasis on teaching in small groups (15-20 students), which gives you ample opportunity to participate, as well as providing close contact between you and members of staff. In the final year much of your learning occurs in seminar groups led by a member of faculty on a specialised area of their research.
You’ll have a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies.
Teaching that is inspired by research ensures lectures are up-to-date and relevant and you will benefit from access to the latest thinking, equipment and resources. All staff teach final year options which are linked to their own interests which include the study of Middle East politics, comparative politics, public policy and administration, climate change and sustainability, ethno-politics, terrorism and security studies, electoral and political behaviour, and political theory.
You will be assessed through a variety of tasks, including essays, individual and small group presentations, projects and exams. You may also complete a dissertation and/or project work, including a work placement project. 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.
Teaching is at the heart of university life and is something that I throw myself into with relish. I teach public policy and administration focused modules across all undergraduate years and was delighted to be shortlisted for the Best Lecturer Award in Exeter’s the Students’ Guild Teaching Awards 2010. My teaching is led both by my academic research and by my own experience of working in government. Real world policy dilemmas are used to explore how decision-makers experience and engage in politics bringing otherwise abstract theories to life. For example, the assessment in my second year course on policy analysis casts students in the role of policy advisers. By writing about a policy problem of their choice, and researching the various possible decisions that decision-makers in government could make, students change from being analysts who are one-step removed from the political process to policymakers who must win attention for their issue and design a policy response that is politically, economically and ethically credible. I use my experience from working in the civil service, and my own research on policy advice, to teach the analytical methods and research skills essential for ‘speaking truth to power’ (and knowing how to respond when power speaks back!).
Dr Claire Dunlop, Senior Lecturer in Politics.
Your brilliant career
Find out how we can help you build your brilliant career.
Politics and international relations graduates from the University of Exeter are highly successful in obtaining graduate employment or moving on to further study. Whilst studying for your degree, you will develop a number of skills that are useful in professional and managerial careers. The ability to research and analyse information from a variety of sources, together with the written and verbal skills needed to present and discuss your opinions and conclusions, are attributes that many employers look for in graduates. Your understanding of complex political and cultural issues, often in continually changing environments, can also be relevant to both business and public sector appointments.
Many students from the department take part in the Exeter Award and the 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.
Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Many employers target the University when recruiting new graduates.
Below are a few examples* of initial jobs undertaken by Politics and International Relations graduates. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
Parliamentary Caseworker and Researcher
Film Production Coordinator
Trainee Insurance Broker
National Health Service
Barclays Bank PLC
Ogilvy and Mather
Treehouse PR Ltd
Orchards of London
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.
|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
|University of Leicester
University of Exeter
King's College, London
University of Bristol
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Further information about the opportunities the University of Exeter offers to maximise our graduates’ employment prospects can be found on the CareerZone website.
* This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey
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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.