International Relations and Politics BA (Hons)

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Duration
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Start Date
Duration
3 Years
Location
Waterside
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 13/08/2019

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Choosing to study International Relations and Politics with us will provide you with an exciting and varied curriculum, as well as opportunities to apply your learning in international settings. Through this course you will develop a critical understanding of contemporary issues such as threats to global security, the changing nature of international co-operation and power alignments, environmental politics, the future of democracy, and the politics of communication. Our academic staff have a wide range of specialist research interests and you will learn in a friendly and supportive environment.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Course

Highlights

  • International study trips available.
  • Research placement opportunities available abroad.
  • Flexible part-time option available.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

HP Laptop and software included with this course.

Additional

Information

Opportunities Abroad

As part of the compulsory second year International Field Module, you will have the opportunity to participate in a specifically designed international field trip, which will be funded by the Faculty of Business and Law from September 2017 (subject to terms and conditions).

Course Details

This course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the nature of contemporary politics and the international order. In your first year you will be introduced to studying International Relations and Politics and you will grasp key theories around the subject which you can later build upon. It is not assumed that you will have studied these subjects before and so topics are explored in great depth. In the second year, you will undertake a research placement and will also have the option of joining an international field trip (an alternative is provided for those who may be unable to participate in the field trip). In the third year you will complete a dissertation, which enables you to conduct research on a topic of your choice, with the support of your supervisor.

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The Northampton Employment Promise.

*We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

Open Days

Discover your Course

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Two-Day Model NATO Summit

Students studying International Relations and Politics have had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work on real international diplomacy issues as part of a two-day Model NATO Summit 2017, which took place at the University of Northampton.

Commander Kurt Engelen, staff officer at the permanent representation of Belgium to the NATO Military Committee, and Major Serge Stroobant, lecturer at the Royal Military Academy in Belgium, were on hand to provide students, who acted as representatives of assigned countries, with guidance in making tough diplomatic calls based on real-life issues that face NATO.

Summit organiser Mark Kirkham, Associate Lecturer in International Development, said: “This is a real coup for the University of Northampton and an excellent opportunity for students to engage with the reality of international relations”

Careers

Career Opportunities

International Relations and Politics graduates possess highly sought after transferable skills that enable them to pursue careers in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including government, public administration, commerce and international development.

Some of our graduates also go on to complete further study at postgraduate level, including the MA International Relations and the International Relations and Politics PhD scheme at the University of Northampton.

You will have the opportunity to complete a research placement with a relevant organisation in your second year.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

 

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level and DMM at BTEC. We welcome international applicants as well as applications from mature students and those with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

Although study in the Humanities/Social Sciences is a useful starting point for studying International Relations and Politics at degree level, it is not essential for you to have previously studied within this area.

For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
    for study at undergraduate level.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Course Content

  • Introduction to International Relations (20 Credits)
    Module code: IRD1068
    Core Module Y
  • States, Empires And The Changing Global Order (20 Credits)
    Module code: IRD1025
    Core Module Y
  • Power and Vision: Introduction To Politics (20 Credits)
    Module code: IRD1026
    Core Module Y
  • Politics In The UK (20 Credits)
    Module code: IRD1002
    Core Module Y
  • Communication, Freedom and Democracy (20 Credits)
    Module code: IRD1009
    Core Module Y
  • International Development: Social and Cultural Issues and Debates (20 Credits)
    Module code: DEV1001
    Core Module Y

Course Stats

Facilities &

Special Features

During your second year you will work with lecturers to arrange a research placement in the UK or abroad, which provides you with invaluable experience of working in a relevant organisation. You will also have the chance to participate in an optional international field trip in your second year (an alternative exercise is provided for those who are unable to participate in this).

Postgraduate Opportunities

Further your Study

Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

International Commercial Law LLM

Master of Business Administration MBA

Research

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Business and Enterprise

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Fees & Funding

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
Foundation Study Framework: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

Additional costs

The compulsory International Field trip is funded by the Faculty of Business and Law (subject to terms and conditions). You will need to allow an additional £70-100 for your expenses. You may need to purchase a visa for the study abroad trip.

2018/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module

Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,500
Foundation Study Framework: £9,800 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

Additional costs

The compulsory International Field trip is funded by the Faculty of Business and Law (subject to terms and conditions). You will need to allow an additional £70-100 for your expenses. You may need to purchase a visa for the study abroad trip.

2018/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,000

For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

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Foundation Study Framework

Course information

The Foundation Study Framework offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for International Relations and Politics we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year International Relations and Politics programme which includes a Foundation Study Framework Year. The Foundation Study Framework will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

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Updated 13/08/2019

  • Apply Through Clearing

    Choosing to study International Relations and Politics with us will provide you with an exciting and varied curriculum, as well as opportunities to apply your learning in international settings. Through this course you will develop a critical understanding of contemporary issues such as threats to global security, the changing nature of international co-operation and power alignments, environmental politics, the future of democracy, and the politics of communication. Our academic staff have a wide range of specialist research interests and you will learn in a friendly and supportive environment.

    We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

    *with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

    Course

    Highlights

    • International study trips available.
    • Research placement opportunities available abroad.
    • Flexible part-time option available.
    • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.

  • This course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the nature of contemporary politics and the international order. In your first year you will be introduced to studying International Relations and Politics and you will grasp key theories around the subject which you can later build upon. It is not assumed that you will have studied these subjects before and so topics are explored in great depth. In the second year, you will undertake a research placement and will also have the option of joining an international field trip (an alternative is provided for those who may be unable to participate in the field trip). In the third year you will complete a dissertation, which enables you to conduct research on a topic of your choice, with the support of your supervisor.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Opportunities Abroad

    As part of the compulsory second year International Field Module, you will have the opportunity to participate in a specifically designed international field trip, which will be funded by the Faculty of Business and Law from September 2017 (subject to terms and conditions).

    • *We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

      We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

      We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

    • Discover your Course

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Students studying International Relations and Politics have had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work on real international diplomacy issues as part of a two-day Model NATO Summit 2017, which took place at the University of Northampton.

      Commander Kurt Engelen, staff officer at the permanent representation of Belgium to the NATO Military Committee, and Major Serge Stroobant, lecturer at the Royal Military Academy in Belgium, were on hand to provide students, who acted as representatives of assigned countries, with guidance in making tough diplomatic calls based on real-life issues that face NATO.

      Summit organiser Mark Kirkham, Associate Lecturer in International Development, said: “This is a real coup for the University of Northampton and an excellent opportunity for students to engage with the reality of international relations”

    • Career Opportunities

      International Relations and Politics graduates possess highly sought after transferable skills that enable them to pursue careers in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including government, public administration, commerce and international development.

      Some of our graduates also go on to complete further study at postgraduate level, including the MA International Relations and the International Relations and Politics PhD scheme at the University of Northampton.

      You will have the opportunity to complete a research placement with a relevant organisation in your second year.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level and DMM at BTEC. We welcome international applicants as well as applications from mature students and those with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    Although study in the Humanities/Social Sciences is a useful starting point for studying International Relations and Politics at degree level, it is not essential for you to have previously studied within this area.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

     

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

    • Introduction to International Relations (20 Credits)
      Module code: IRD1068
      Core Module Y
    • States, Empires And The Changing Global Order (20 Credits)
      Module code: IRD1025
      Core Module Y
    • Power and Vision: Introduction To Politics (20 Credits)
      Module code: IRD1026
      Core Module Y
    • Politics In The UK (20 Credits)
      Module code: IRD1002
      Core Module Y
    • Communication, Freedom and Democracy (20 Credits)
      Module code: IRD1009
      Core Module Y
    • International Development: Social and Cultural Issues and Debates (20 Credits)
      Module code: DEV1001
      Core Module Y

    Facilities &

    Special Features

    During your second year you will work with lecturers to arrange a research placement in the UK or abroad, which provides you with invaluable experience of working in a relevant organisation. You will also have the chance to participate in an optional international field trip in your second year (an alternative exercise is provided for those who are unable to participate in this).

    • Further your Study

      Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

      International Commercial Law LLM

      Master of Business Administration MBA

    • We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

    • We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

  • 2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    Additional costs

    The compulsory International Field trip is funded by the Faculty of Business and Law (subject to terms and conditions). You will need to allow an additional £70-100 for your expenses. You may need to purchase a visa for the study abroad trip.

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    Foundation Study Framework: £9,800 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    Additional costs

    The compulsory International Field trip is funded by the Faculty of Business and Law (subject to terms and conditions). You will need to allow an additional £70-100 for your expenses. You may need to purchase a visa for the study abroad trip.

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,000

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

  • Course information

    The Foundation Study Framework offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for International Relations and Politics we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year International Relations and Politics programme which includes a Foundation Study Framework Year. The Foundation Study Framework will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Read more

*Course data provided by Unistats

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Waterside

Our brand new £330 million campus.

Now Open

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