- Gain a global perspective on some of the biggest political challenges we face today
- You will learn how to apply political theory to world events and major issues that set the modern political agenda
- You’ll join an intentionally small community of students allowing you to actively discuss and debate your ideas and work closely with academic staff
- Our strong focus on career-related experience and skills will help you achieve your future career aspirations
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*
Top 100 for Politics in world subject rankings
QS World University Subject Rankings 2020
8th in the UK for Politics
The Complete University Guide 2021
Opportunities to study abroad
I love how student are on first name terms with lecturers and seminar leaders. With class and lecture sizes being relatively small compared to other universities, I gain a lot more information and support than I would have originally expected.
Studying Politics and International Relations (Cornwall)
Entry requirements (typical offer)
|Qualification||Typical offer||Required subjects|
|GCSE||C or 4||English Language|
Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Where a grade A is required in two subjects, offers will be AAC. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other UK, EU and International equivalences|
NB General Studies is not included in any offer.
Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply
Full-time undergraduates need to take 120 credits each year and choose from modules worth 15 or 30 credits, with students having more choice and more opportunity to study in-depth the topics that interest them most in Years 2 and 3. Core modules are mainly designed to develop applied research skills and include a third year dissertation on a subject of your choice. You will also have the option to take up to 30 credits from another department within the University subject to approval.
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.
UCAS code: L253
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.
Tuition fees for 2022 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £19,500 per year *
* Please note that the fees for students starting in 2022 have yet to be set. The fees provided above are the fees for students starting in 2021 and are for guidance only. We will post the fees for 2022 entry shortly.
The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
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. Teaching includes:
- Practical exercises, 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?
- Individual and 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.
Conducting fieldwork gives you the opportunity to witness the evolution of political process and their impact on society first hand. This may include:
- Interviews with important stakeholders
- Focus group discussions with community members
- Analysis of politicised spaces
- Public Forums
Politics in Cornwall
Politics and International Relations programmes in Cornwall are part of a world-class research institution. We are committed to creating a diverse and thriving student community. We believe that this is achieved by providing a supportive learning environment, which nurtures our students through-out your time with us and helps you make the transition from school to university. In addition, in Cornwall, students will benefit from a bespoke learning experience within a diverse cohort of students and an unrivalled commitment to excellence in teaching.
Politics in Cornwall is characterised by its focus on some of the biggest political challenges facing the world today such as inequality, climate change, the global financial crisis, conflict, and the depletion of natural resources, public disillusionment with politics, and the changing balance in world power. We’ll teach you about political systems and theories and apply these to world events and the major issues setting the modern political agenda, giving you real world skills valued by employers.
Find out more on our dedicated Cornwall pages.
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
- Political participation and evaluation
- Policy making and implementation
- Qualitative and quantitative data analysis
- Independent research
- Discussion and group work
- Written communication
- Articulating ideas and arguments
Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award
Many of our students participate 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.
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)
- Management consultant
- Parliamentary Caseworker and Researcher
- Civil Servant
- Film Production Coordinator
- Officer Cadet
- Trainee Insurance Broker
- Investment Assistant
- Estate Agent
- Communications Officer
- National Health Service
- Barclays PLC
- Ogilvy and Mather
- Treehouse PR Ltd
- Easton Aerospace
- Orchards of London
- Arcadia Group
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
- Kings College London
- University of Bristol
Find out more
Further information about the opportunities the University of Exeter offers to maximise our graduates' employment prospects can be found on the CareerZone website. Our Penryn Campus in Cornwall also has a dedicated Careers Advisory Service (CAS) which provides high quality careers information and guidance to students of all disciplines.
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