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BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations

New for 2021 entry

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full Time

for satisfaction with Politics courses
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Entry Requirements and Fees


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 104 - 120 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBB - BCC 
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass 
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points 
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Course content

We are excited to bring you this exciting programme for 2021 entry.

This degree will work with you step-by-step to research and learn about Britain’s wider place in the world, international relations, including international law and to gain the skills of diplomacy, ranging from the tools of soft power to defence and security. It offers you the chance to debate contemporary politics and international relations and to address the twenty first century global challenges of: terrorism, global warming, migration, climate and health.

The degree includes preparation for employment across the areas of social activism, development, charity, administration, diplomacy, international sustainable heritage and corporate sectors. It includes the analysis of politics and international relations in the UK, USA, China, Russia, South East Asia and Africa.  

Every student will be equipped to understand how to analyse, share and think about global politics. You will gain expert skills in analysis, negotiation, international communication, and an underpinning in international law.

For more information, read our latest Humanities brochure.

Our facilities

You can take advantage of our range of facilities including:

  • Specific subject librarians are there to offer advice and assistance for your study area, they can provide specialised reading lists and bibliographies if you are having difficulty finding the right materials
  • Additional academic support available such as referencing, essay planning, presentation skills, research and information gathering, plus general dissertation skills
  • Access to over 500,000 e-books, 4,500 e-journals and 100,000 streamed media clips
  • Library and IT services located on campus with Wi-Fi, open access workstations, individual study rooms and group working spaces

Indicative modules

Year One:

  • Research in Politics and International Relations
  • Introduction to International Relations Theory and Practice
  • War and Peace: Twentieth-Century Europe and Global Conflict
  • Introduction to Political Ideas
  • Introduction to Soft Power: Britain and its Cultural Diplomacy in the Twenty-First Century
  • The United States: An Introduction, 1763-the present
  • Russia and China: An Introduction to ‘Post-Communism’
  • EU Law I

Year Two:

  • Work Placement: Work Experience and Professional Development
  • Contemporary Issues in International Relations I: Global Security Challenges
  • Colonialism and Anti-Colonialism in Africa
  • International Human Rights
  • Identity and Conflict in Russia and Eurasia
  • EU Law II
  • International Organisations
  • Britain and Europe: Brexit – Before, During and After
  • Study Visit
  • Exchange/Study Abroad option (semester or a year long)

Year Three:

  • Dissertation
  • Globalization and its Malcontents
  • Multi-Media and Public Communications
  • A Global History of the Cold War and its Ongoing Legacy
  • International Law
  • The Politics of East Asia
  • Contemporary Issues in International Relations II: Climate Change and Activism
  • International Diplomacy, Sustainable Growth and Cultural Heritage
  • Civil Society, NGOs and International Development


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Teaching and assessment

At our University, you will find a friendly atmosphere and an encouraging team of staff which will work hard to support you throughout your learning. During your time with us, you will be challenged to develop your intellectual and practical skills and guided by a team of experienced and well-qualified teaching staff. We've recently welcomed Dr Nino Kemoklidze, a former Georgia diplomat, who will be leading the course on the international and political landscape.

All of our tutors have recognised national and international research expertise and a passion for their respective subject areas, which means you will be studying at the cutting edge of the most recent developments in knowledge. Students can also gain credits from attending seminars and lectures from guest speakers including nationally-recognized journalists, policy makers, politicians and international academics.

Additional Costs

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