The Joint Honours Programme in International Relations and Politics will provide you with an in-depth, interdisciplinary understanding of contemporary politics, international affairs and conflict situations in their political, historical, cultural, economic and legal dimensions. Dedicated modules will introduce you to core concepts and debates in International Relations and the study of conflict, as well as to the particular European experience of regional integration. You will acquire familiarity with the experiences of differing national polities and societies, facilitating the development of culturally sensitive cross-national comparisons.
International Relations at Queen’s is about more than just armed conflict and insurgency. It also examines such trends as globalisation and considers the challenge from the rise of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the process of European integration, humanitarian issues (such as poverty, development and refugees), and the role of the media in conflict.
The academic study of politics is concerned with the sources of conflict, co-operation, power and decision-making within and between societies, how differences are expressed through ideology and organisation, and how, if at all, disagreements and problems are resolved. We look at conflict, co-operation and its origins, dynamics and trajectories, at theories of society, at the value and ethical basis of political ideas and action, and at politics in different national and historical contexts.
International Relations And Politics Degree Highlights
Queen’s is ranked in the top 75 universities in Europe for Teaching Excellent (Times Higher Education, 2019)
All students within this degree programme will have the possibility of opting to study for a semester abroad in their third year at an English-speaking university in mainland Europe.
There is also a possibility for some to spend an additional year in the United States under the Study USA programme.
Placement:Unique to the BA Politics programme is the opportunity in the final year to undertake a part-time placement within a local organisation to gain direct experience of policy-making and political decision-making.Past students have gained work placements with organisations such as the following:
Northern Ireland Electoral Commission
Northern Ireland Local Government Association
Northern Ireland political parties
Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments
Police Ombudsman‘s Office
The North/South Ministerial Council
Internship:Students in their final year have the opportunity to secure a semester-long internship, giving them hands-on experience of political issues and policy-making.
The School also boasts the following:
Centre for Gender in Politics
Centre for Public History
The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
Institute of Cognition and Culture
Institute of Irish Studies
Two International Summer Schools (the Irish Studies Summer School; and the Conflict Transformation and Social Justice Summer School)
Research-led Teaching:Cutting-edge research drives our externally commended teaching, most recently evidenced in the latest student satisfaction survey.
Internationally Renowned Experts
Professor John Garry is an internationally recognised expert in the areas of citizens’ political attitudes and voting behaviour. His research has informed governments both in Belfast and Dublin on offering ordinary citizens the chance to have greater input on policymaking.
Professor Beverley Milton Edwards has advised various governments in her role as an expert on the Middle East and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Brooking Institution.
Professor David Phinnemore is an expert on EU Treaty reform and EU enlargement, which led to his secondment as an advisor to the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Our uniquely supportive pastoral care/personal tutor system is equalled only by the academic guidance available.
Our vibrant Politics Society (Polysoc) provides a welcome and stimulating environment for new students. Diversity of Students: we have students from around the UK, Ireland, Europe and the wider world, ensuring a rich mix of students with different experiences and backgrounds.