3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)
AAB (full entry requirements)
September 2018 (term dates)
£9,250 per year (2018/19)
£16,620 per year (2018/19)
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.
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.
If you're interested in studying abroad, you can apply to spend a year abroad between your second and third year. You'll spend the year studying at a host institution in Europe, allowing you to enhance your CV, experience a new culture and make new friends along the way. You can transfer on to this course after you've arrived at York.
During your year in industry or year abroad, you'll pay a reduced tuition fee.
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
90% of our students are satisfied with the course (National Student Survey 2017)
We are ranked 8th in the UK for research quality (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
Our staff advise governments on a wide range of issues and contribute to news, media and current affairs programmes globally
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:
There are several ways in which you can broaden your horizons and study abroad with Politics at York.
You will study four core Politics modules.
Politics core modules:
This is our current modules list and is indicative of what will run in future years. We do update our modules to develop our curriculum and reflect the latest research.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module 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:
You'll cover a diverse range of modules and hone the academic skills necessary to analyse political texts, political systems and processes. You'll study your choice of one core module:
Plus, three optional modules from a range of subjects - one from Group A, one from Group B, and one from Group C
These modules are the ones currently running and are indicative of what will run in future years. We do update our modules to develop our curriculum and reflect our latest research.
You'll undertake a dissertation in an area of your interest and choose four option modules, two in Autumn and two in Spring:
These modules are a selection of the ones currently running and are indicative of what will run in future years. We do update our modules to develop our curriculum and reflect our latest research.
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
“I spent the summer of my second year interning in the marketing and communications division of the Mayor’s office in New York.” Read moreMaria, BA Politics, Year 3
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.
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.
We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.
“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.
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. 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.
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.
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.
As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Lectures and seminars||252 hours||192 hours||96 hours|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.
Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.
You will be based in the Department of Politics on Campus West. Most teaching will take place nearby.
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 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.
Our teaching involves challenging discussions with tutors and peers about global issues.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
The York Politics with International Relations degree is recognised by employers worldwide.
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 and Young, the Houses of Parliament and even the Mayor's Office in New York.
Our recent graduates have gone on to work with:
Take a look at our graduate profiles for a taste of what you may move onto after graduating.
As well as developing your subject-specific knowledge, a Politics degree will equip you with:
“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
AAB (excluding General Studies)
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher|
|BTEC||BTEC National Extended Diploma: DDD|
|Cambridge Pre-U||D3, D3, M2|
|European Baccalaureate||An overall average of 80%|
|International Baccalaureate||35 points overall|
|Irish leaving Certificate||H2,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3|
|Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers||AB at Advanced Higher + AAAAB at Higher level|
IELTS: 6.5 with at least 5.5 in all units or equivalent
To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
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.
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