Lincoln’s BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics degree provides students with access to a diverse range of modules in politics and international relations. Students can explore British Politics, international diplomacy and the emergence of global institutions.
Through the study the national, comparative, international and global politics, students have the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the key themes driving contemporary International Relations and Politics. The programme is designed to develop an understanding of the influence of different political cultures and traditions on outcomes.
On this course, students have the chance to examine the complex political issues, such as global inequality, religion and sectarianism, conflict and democratisation, which affect the world today.
There is a strong emphasis on skills development on this course and students can learn how to collect and analyse data, draft policy proposals, produce oral and written presentations and work at a high level of individuality and as part of a team.
Our academics offer a thorough grounding in British and global politics and support students to develop vital analytical, evaluative and critical-thinking skills.
How You Study
Studying International Relations and Politics at Lincoln aims to combine directed and independent learning. Each module is usually delivered my means of a weekly lecture and an associated weekly seminar. The seminars aim to provide an opportunity for students to discuss issues raised in the lecture and engage in critical reflection on set readings.
Students will also have the opportunity to meet with module leaders in tutorial sessions. As well as directed study, students are expected to undertake independent learning utilising traditional library resources as well as a wide range of electronic resources.
In the first year of the degree, core modules introduce the British government in relation to politics and international relations. Students can begin to examine the key concepts which underpin both disciplines.
In the second and third years, there are opportunities to develop in-depth knowledge of both subjects through core modules on topics including British political parties, politics and international relations theory and global governance.
The core Model United Nations module gives students the opportunity to learn about international diplomacy and to practise negotiating skills in a simulated United Nations General Assembly. Students conduct an in-depth analysis of the institutions of the British government through modules such as Parliamentary Studies, which is co-taught with the Houses of Parliament.
Other optional modules enable students to study subjects of special interest, such as intelligence and national security, contemporary Chinese politics, international relations in the Middle East, human rights, genocide, war crimes and multiculturalism.
Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree
Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.
It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.
How You Are Assessed
Students are assessed in the form of essays, reports, presentations and reviews, and examinations. Assessment varies from module to module depending on the subject of study.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
Methods of Assessment
The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.
- GCE Advanced Levels: BCC
- International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall
- BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points
Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.
EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element or equivalent http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements
The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.
We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.
About the School
Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities.