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BA (Hons) Politics with International Relations

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

Year of entry: 2020

UCAS code

L201

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fees

£17,890 per year (2020/21)

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Combining Politics with International Relations allows you to study issues with a global impact.

From conflict to climate change, you’ll get to the core of current events. The latest political thinking will challenge your preconceptions of ideas of justice, power, security, political economy and ethics.

Research, debate and learn from some leading international academics with regional expertise in the European Union, the United States, Latin America and Africa.

Year in industry

You can apply for this course with a year in industry. You'll complete a professional placement between your second and third year, helping you to develop your employability and professional skills. 

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 with International Relations

Taught by experts

Our staff advise governments on a wide range of issues and contribute to news, media and current affairs programmes globally

Course content

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.

 

Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

Year 1

Core modules

These modules will give you an understanding of the key concepts, theories and approaches in each major area of politics.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

In your second year, you'll cover a diverse range of modules and hone the academic skills necessary to analyse political texts, political systems and processes.

Core modules

Choose one of:

Option modules

Choose one from Group A, one from Group B and one from Group C

Group A

Group B

Group C

Year 3

In your final year you'll build on the knowledge you've gained over your degree. The year culminates in a dissertation: an extended essay based on your own research.

Core module

The dissertation is a chance for you to study a topic of your choice in depth. With the support of a supervisor, you'll identify a question and conduct independent research to find an answer. You will have the opportunity to learn and use quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques which are essential for modern social science research.

Option modules

You'll choose four modules from a wide range of options that vary year to year. Recent modules include:

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Understand the origins, evolution and contemporary dynamics of politics with an in-depth engagement with its international dimensions.
  • Apply theories, concepts and methods to aspects of politics and international relations, using critical reasoning and (where appropriate) empirical testing to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Research independently by: conceiving research questions; explaining the use of theories and concepts; selecting and applying appropriate tools to gather and interpret data; and justifying conclusions.
  • Achieve goals by demonstrating initiative, self-organization, and time management in individual or collaborative work.
  • Communicate effectively and fluently, translating advanced ideas through appropriate media and a range of formats.
  • Demonstrate inter-cultural awareness and a reflective approach to differing points of view in light of the values of tolerance and inclusivity.
‌‌I spent the summer of my second year interning in the marketing and communications division of the Mayor’s office in New York.
Maria, BA Politics
Read about Maria's experience.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £17,890

Additional costs

Although students may decide to purchase some textbooks or other resources, we have an extensive physical and electronic library, so that there is no requirement to do so.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Funding

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21 throughout the year.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-ones. We offer a personal approach to learning with much of our teaching conducted in small groups (typically fewer than 15 students in a seminar group). Our staff are very approachable and our doors are always open. Your personal supervisor provides 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. Our expertise and experience feed directly into our teaching.

Timetabled activities

In your first year, you can expect:

Lectures7-8 hours per week
Seminars7-8 hours per week

These figures are based on an average student in an average week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities.

Outside your timetabled hours, you'll study independently. This may include preparation for classes, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Politics on Campus West. Most teaching will take place nearby. 

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

‌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 your tutors and peers about global issues.

Watch one of our recent lectures in action

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams45%60%0%
Coursework42%40%100%
Practical exams13%0%0%

The figures above are based on data from 2017/18.

Careers and skills

A York Politics degree is recognised by employers worldwide. You'll improve your employability with opportunities to gain work experience, undertake internships or study abroad.

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 get a deeper insight into issues that interest you. Previous students have spent the summer months interning at Ernst and Young, the Houses of Parliament and even the Mayor's Office in New York.

Career opportunities

Our recent graduates have gone on to work with:

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

Graduate profiles

Transferable skills

  • logical thinking
  • analysis of complex ideas, arguments and theories    
  • problem-solving
  • the ability to present succinct reports    
  • intellectual independence
  • communication skills
The knowledge I gained at the University of York proved essential for my work in documentaries – particularly when working on the Channel 4 series ‘The Rise and Fall of Tony Blair’. People tend to assume I studied Media at university, reading Politics has helped me to stand out
Kate Rushworth, BA Politics
YouTube Audience Development Strategist

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

AAB

We do not accept General Studies.

Access to Higher Education Diploma 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher
BTEC National Extended Diploma DDD
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, M2
European Baccalaureate An overall average of 80%
International Baccalaureate 35 points overall

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
PTE Academic 61, with a minimum of 51 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, with a minimum of 162 in each component
TOEFL 87 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

If we make you an offer, we'll invite you to visit us between November and April. You can meet current students and chat one-to-one with our academic staff.

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