UCAS code: L250
Duration: 4 years
School: Social and Political Science
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
You will take Introduction to Politics & International Relations and Political Thinkers, an introductory political theory course. International Relations students additionally take an international law course taught by the School of Law.
Depending on your programme, you will also take up to four option courses of your choice.
You will study International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond, which examines how states cooperate in international organisations such as the European Union, the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations. You will also take courses that introduce you to key methods in political science: Comparative Politics in a Globalised World and Introduction to Data Analysis. Depending on your programme, you will also take up to three further option courses.
In Years 3 and 4 the Politics and International Relations programmes separate, although all students will write a 40 credit dissertation in Year 4. Find additional study information for Years 3 and 4 on your chosen programme page.
You will take courses on Theories of International Relations, Global Justice and Citizenship and Research Design. In addition, you will take either International Political Economy and/or Global Security. You will also take honours courses on a wide range of subjects such as US foreign policy, human rights, gender, African politics, the Middle East and many more.
You will choose four courses from a wide range of politics and international relations options, and complete an honours dissertation on a topic of your choice.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
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The majority of teaching takes place at facilities located within the University's Central Area. You will also have access to the University's library and computer facilities.
There are opportunities to study abroad in Year 3 through the Erasmus programme or the University's international exchange programme.
Courses are taught mainly through a combination of lectures, tutorials and skills hours.
You will be assessed through a diverse set of components, such as essays, exams, policy briefs, group presentations and tutorial participation exercises.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
In recent years, graduates have entered careers in the civil service, foreign affairs or political and parliamentary research.
The programmes will also equip you with some of the transferable skills required for employment in finance and consultancy, the voluntary sector, journalism or teaching.
Some graduates choose to go on to further training in accountancy or law or take postgraduate programmes with a view to pursuing an academic career.
The typical offer is likely to be:
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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