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Overview Cross borders to challenge concepts and ideas in justice, power, security, political economy and ethics

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Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)


3 years full-time

‌Combining Politics with International Relations allows you to shape your studies around the global issues you’re most passionate about. From conflict to climate change, you’ll get to the core of current political thinking and cross borders to challenge the concepts and ideas in justice, power, security, political economy and ethics.

Research, debate and learn from some of the world’s top international academics with regional expertise in the European Union, the United States, Latin America and Africa.

From 2017 you can opt to add an additional year to your course between year two and year three to study abroad - gaining valuable personal and employability skills. There will also be some limited opportunites to add an additional year if you're a student in our 2016 entry.


“One of the benefits of studying Politics and International Relations together is the flexibility to adapt your studies to your evolving interests. During my first-year international security fascinated me, but my interests then developed towards international economics."

Gustave, BA Politics and International Relations, Year 3

Course content What you’ll study


You'll develop the ability to think critically about regional, national and international politics, ideas and institutions - preparing you for a variety of career paths that give you the potential to stand up and make a difference.

We offer a large choice of modules - helping you tailor the course to your own interests and passions.

Learn how to think politically about some of today's most pressing issues - such as:

  • The shifting balance of international power    
  • The challenges of human rights and global development    
  • Environmental sustainability   
  • Struggles for democracy    
  • The threat of terrorism   
  • The changing balance between government and civil society.


Year 1

You will study four core Politics modules.

Politics core modules:

These modules are the ones currently running and are indicative of what will run in future years. We do update our modules to reflect the latest research. 

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.

Year 2

You will study a diverse range of modules and hone the academic skills necessary to analyse political texts, political systems and processes. You'll study two core modules:

Core Modules

Plus, three optional modules from a range of subjects:

Political Text Options

Political Process Options

These modules are the ones currently running and are indicative of what will run in future years. We do update our modules to reflect the latest research. 

Study abroad

We offer numerous opportunities to study abroad for up to a year at a number of prestigious universities. In the past these have included:

  • The University of Sydney
  • York University, Ontario
  • National University of Singapore
  • University of Hong Kong.

Erasmus exchange

Our students can also take part in an EU Erasmus exchange programme. Both study abroad schemes allow the transfer of course credits to York, meaning that you would graduate no later than those admitted in the same year in York.


Many of our students organise work placements out of term time in an area that interests them. We encourage you to do this so you can gain workplace experience and a deeper insight into issues that interest you. Previously, students have spent the summer months interning at Ernst & Young, the Houses of Parliament and even the Mayor's Office in New York.

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

Teaching format

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and individual sessions. We offer a personal approach to learning with much of our teaching conducted in small groups (typically under 15 students in a seminar group). Our staff are very approachable and our doors are always open. Your personal supervisor will provide you with support and guidance throughout your studies, offering weekly feedback and guidance hours.

Research-led teaching

You'll be taught by academics at the forefront of research across a number of political areas such as conflict, security and development, political economy, international politics, political theory and public policy. As international experts in their field, our staff advise governments and organisations and regularly contribute to news and current affairs programmes globally. Our expertise and experience feed directly into our teaching.


Assessment varies from module to module and includes a combination of exams, written essays and project work.

Your tutors will give you feedback in a variety of forms depending on the specific needs of the module. This may consist of written feedback, in-class discussion, model answers, one-to-one discussions or online responses.

Watch our mini lecture

Our teaching involves challenging discussions with tutors and peers about global issues.

Watch one of our recent lectures in action

Careers Where you’ll go from here

The York Politics with International Relations degree is recognised by employers worldwide.

You'll gain employability skills and have the opportunity to gain work experience, undertake internships or study abroad.

As a  first year student you'll get the chance to gain work experience over the summer term through our Politics@Work initiative.

Take a look at our graduate profiles for a taste of what you may move onto after graduating.

Career opportunities

Our recent graduates have gone on to work with:

  • The Home Office
  • The Cabinet Office
  • The Department for Environment
  • The European Parliament
  • The World Food Programme
  • Ernst & Young
  • Goldman Sachs.

Transferable skills

As well as developing your subject-specific knowledge, a Politics degree will equip you with:

  • Logical thinking
  • Analysis of complex ideas, arguments and theories    
  • Problem-solving
  • The ability to present succinct reports    
  • Intellectual independence
  • Communication skills.

90% of our students are employed or in further studies after 6 months of graduation (2015 destination figures).

“My time at York enabled me to secure work experience in the Houses of Parliament, as well as joining the Ernst & Young summer internship scheme. The experienced helped me to secure a graduate position for 2015.
Andrew, Graduate, BA Politics with International Relations

Entry requirements How to get here

Course entry

All applications must be made through UCAS. Accepted applicants will be invited to visit us between November and April. That's when you can meet our current students and staff, and your visit can include a one-to-one conversation with a member of academic staff.

A-levels and GCSEs

AAB (excluding General Studies)

Other UK qualifications

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AB at Advanced Higher + AAAAB at Higher level

BTEC National Diploma:

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma:

Cambridge Pre-U:
D3, D3, M2

Access to HE: 
30 credits achieved from units awarded Distinction and 9 awarded Merit or higher


International options

International Baccalaureate Diploma
35 points overall

Irish Leaving Certificate

European Baccalaureate
An overall average of 80%

English language

IELTS: 6.5 with at least 5.5 in all units or equivalent

Other accepted tests and qualifications

Unistats for this course

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