BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations

This innovative Politics and International Relations degree will allow you to develop a greater awareness of the complexity and connectedness of the political and international processes and theories that shape our lives. You’ll examine the contemporary world in which we live at local, national and global levels.

If you have a keen interest in current affairs, international trends and understanding the changing world in which we live, then the Politics and International Relations course at NTU is ideal for you.

Because Politics deals with fundamental issues affecting society globally, it makes an ideal combination with International Relations to create an exciting, stimulating and relevant course.

Why choose this course?

  • Politics at Nottingham Trent University is ranked 4th out of 77 for the number of final year students who are satisfied with the feedback and assessment by lecturers on their course. (Guardian University League Table 2016)
  • Learn from academic staff who are passionate about their areas of expertise. 100% of BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations full-time students agree that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching. (National Student Survey 2016)
  • You may have the opportunity to study abroad for one term in your second year as part of the Erasmus foreign exchange network and undertake valuable work-based learning.
  • The research of our academic staff feeds directly into the course, which means you'll be learning about the latest issues from world-renowned experts. The team also regularly contribute their thoughts about worldwide events and incidents to the local, national and international media.
  • The course will put you in a great position to embark on careers in local politics and government, NGOs or other organisations with a stake in national and international political contexts, including the police, financial services, public services, civil services and journalism.

What you'll study

This stimulating degree offers you the opportunity to combine key components of International Relations as well as the chance to examine a range of political systems and theories.

Throughout this course you'll be developing skills for employability. On the Researching Politics and International Relations Module in Year Two you will have the opportunity to gain work experience with a number of local and national organisations. You will also be actively encouraged to participate in voluntary work.

You may have the chance to spend half of your second year studying abroad with the Erasmus+ Foreign Exchange Scheme.

How you’re taught

To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university, you'll receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods.

Structured teaching will be delivered through a combination of traditional lectures and seminars. The smaller group seminars provide opportunities to develop:

  • problem-solving skills
  • group working
  • analysis
  • debating skills
  • presentation skills.

You'll also be able to debate a wide range of views.

Tutorials with staff

As the relationship between students and tutors is an important one you can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. At these sessions you'll have the opportunity to:

  • discuss and gain feedback about your work.
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on.
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your university experience.

Independent study

Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout the three years of your course the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease as you develop the skills required to undertake an independent study or dissertation in your final year. You'll still have regular contact with your tutors and if necessary ad hoc tutorials can be arranged.

Learn from experts

You'll be taught by an enthusiastic research-active team who have specalist knowledge in several regional areas as well as in contemporary political theory. The courses all draw upon their expertise, research interests and experience and many have also published textbooks in their specialist area of interest. You will develop specialist knowledge based on the team's expertise in several areas including Political Theory, Foreign Policy, International and Global Institutions, International Relations Theory, Global Political Economy, South Asia, Africa, North East Asia, and the Middle East.

In addition to the traditional lectures, tutorials and independent study you'll also hear and learn from renowned experts and professionals in related fields who are regularly invited to come and talk to our students providing you with an insight into their specialist knowledge and experiences.

Virtual learning environment

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

How will I be assessed?

The majority of your work will be assessed through coursework based:

  • essays
  • reports
  • case studies
  • a final year research-based dissertation.

You will also be assessed through a combination of formal examinations and practical assessments such as group and individual presentations.

In response to student feedback, the University have introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.

Can I study abroad?

You may have the opportunity to spend half of your second year studying abroad with the Erasmus+ foreign exchange scheme. This provides a great opportunity to experience life in another country and gain a new perspective on your subject.

Beyond the course

Broaden your experience, stand out from the crowd and gain a range of skills that employers are looking for.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

100% of BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations full-time students agree that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching. (National Student Survey 2016)

Careers and employability

Excellent placement opportunities

Throughout this course you will be developing skills for employability. On the Researching Politics and International Relations Module in Year Two you will have the opportunity to gain work experience with a number of local and national organisations. You'll also be actively encouraged to participate in voluntary work.

You may have the chance to spend half of your second year studying abroad with the Erasmus+ Foreign Exchange Scheme. You may be able to study in places such as:

  • Corvinus in Budapest, Hungary
  • Lille in France
  • Metropolitan University in Prague
  • Deusto University in Spain.

We are currently looking at expanding our network of partner universities. Please note that these universities are subject to change. Different options might be available on a year by year basis.

Your Career Development

This is a major part of the course. You will develop key transferable skills including:

  • communication
  • time management
  • problem-solving
  • teamworking.

You'll also have the opportunity to develop links with relevant organisations and potential employers.

Following graduation from this course you will be well placed to apply for roles in the private and public sectors including:

  • local government
  • the civil service
  • international aid and development agencies
  • the armed forces or the police.

In the private sector organisations are increasingly looking for graduates with an understanding of international and global events and processes. They are also interested in employing graduates who understand cultural barriers.

Our recent International Relations or Politics graduates have secured roles including:*

  • Business Development Manager
  • Civil Servant
  • Parliamentary Assistant
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Youth Support Worker.

*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results 2011-12 – 2014-15.

Our Employability Team

We have a dedicated Employability Team located on the City site. The team are well placed to give you specialist guidance and practical help that will really make a difference to your prospects once you do graduate.

Facilities

As a Social Sciences student you will have easy access to the fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings including:

  • Lecture theatres and teaching classrooms
  • Open access PCs and secure wireless points
  • Study areas and social spaces
  • Chaucer cafe serving drinks and light snacks
  • Our brand new School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.

Entry requirements

UK

For September 2018 entry you will need:

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and we are happy to accept applications from mature students, students with access qualifications and many other types of standard and non-standard qualifications for which we can calculate UCAS points. Non-standard applicants may be interviewed.

International

For September 2018 entry you will need:

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

Program taught in:
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Last updated June 4, 2019
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