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St Mary's University

Politics and International Relations BA (Hons)

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3 years

UCAS points

112 - 96

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Investigate institutions central to global society with our expertly-designed Politics and International Relations degree

Dissect political institutions, theories, and developments with our London-based Politics and International Relations degree. You will cover topics like:

  • crime and punishment
  • human rights
  • rebellions and revolutions
  • global societies
  • terrorism and political violence
  • jurisprudence
  • economic development.

Learn in the capital

We are only 30 minutes from central London – an international political hub. You’ll be able to visit significant sites, such as:

  • Houses of Parliament
  • Royal Courts of Justice
  • Old Bailey
  • City Hall
  • Home Office
  • Speakers’ Corner.

Led by experts

We have collaborated with experts to design our politics and international relations course. You will learn from specialist academics and industry professionals, providing you a balance of theoretical and practical knowledge.

Your lecturers are also here to aid your personal and professional growth. Our student, Aikaterini, tells us that they were “always encouraged and fully supported”.


Dr Christopher Wylde

Senior Lecturer - Politics and International Relations

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Course content


The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2022/23 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2023/24. 

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Debates in Crime and Society

Criminal Law 2 (International Criminal Law)

Theoretical Introduction to Crime and Human Rights

Entry requirements

80 UCAS points should include at least two B grades at A Level (or equivalent).

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references, and your motivation for study.

112 - 96

UCAS points

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

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Create your UCAS personal statement through our online builder and we'll email you a copy of your completed version at the end.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

How many UCAS points my grades are worth

A levels

  • A*

    56 pts

  • A

    48 pts

  • B

    40 pts

  • C

    32 pts

  • D

    24 pts

  • E

    16 pts

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Fees & funding

Tuition fees





*Please note: these fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Government's review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans, and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred should you choose to buy copies of the core textbooks rather than loan from our library, and if you would like to opt in to optional field trips.


Find out more about our range of scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students .

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

How the degree is taught

Contact time - 58%

Independent study - 42%

*Contact time includes 35% of guided learning

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

We ensure your learning is tailored to support your studies. Teaching methods include lectures, individual study and seminars.

Particular features of this course include projects, consultancy and team-based intensive learning, as well as work-based learning and community experiences. These will be enhanced by tutorials, access to mentors, the development of applied skills, and guided learning through our virtual learning environment.

Class sizes range from five to 20 students.

Assessment methods

The course is designed to promote the development of abilities that will be useful to you in pursuing your goals after university.

In addition to completing essays, research reports and presentations, you will also complete assessments involving contemporary digital content. Classroom contributions, oral examinations and team presentations will also be used as part of the assessments.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

Career opportunities

With our Politics and International Relations degree, you will develop key transferrable skills like critical thinking, communication, and adaptability.

Contact our Career Services at for further information on work and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of Politics and International Relations BA (Hons) include:

civil servantdiplomatinternational aid/development workerpolitical risk analystintelligence analyst researcherjournalist

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