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Single or Joint

Honours

112

UCAS points required

3 Years

Attendance

L202

UCAS code

Dr Peter Fossey

Programme Director

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Develop a reflective understanding of the world of politics in a local, national and international context. Learn about the key theories, ideologies and developments that shape the current political climate in the UK and overseas.

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Why study Politics and International Relations?

By studying Politics and International Relations, you will develop communication, critical thinking and research skills that will enable you to pursue your career of choice after graduating.The degree prepares you to act as critically reflective, employment-ready citizens in public service, politics and civil society. 

This course will equip you to pursue diplomatic, developmental and political careers, and reach executive positions. The course supports this aim through a combination of rigorous intellectual work with applied projects mentored by industry professionals.

You will develop an applied understanding of the complex relationship between political theorising, international relations and diplomatic practice. The course will strengthen your ability to compare political situations, institutions and movements across countries.

Why St Mary's?

Politics and International Relations is part of an exciting suite of politics courses - designed in consultation with leading figures from the world of politics, public communication and policy - that also includes:

The degrees harness our distinctive London location. This global city is the national political and administrative capital, and an international hub for politics, policy and communications.

Teaching methods

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

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

Assessment methods

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

In addition to completing academic essays, research reports and presentations, you will also complete assessments involving digital content. Classroom contributions, oral examinations and team presentations will also be used to assess modules.

Key facts

  • St Mary's University has a 95% success rate for graduates finding employment or further study within six months (HESA, 2017)
  • Designed in collaboration with leading politics, public communication and policy professionals
  • Taught by a mix of expert academics and industry professionals, offering the best possible balance of academic and practical expertise
  • Options to study abroad and undertake industry work placements
  • Taught on our historic campus in Twickenham, easily accessible from central London by public transport
Please note: this programme is subject to validation.

Joint honours

Politics and International Relations can be combined with any of the following courses to create a joint honours degree programme:

Course content



Year one

  • British Politics 
  • Comparative Politics and Institutions 
  • International Relations and Diplomacy 
  • Introduction to Public Management and Leadership 
  • Making Public Policy: Local and City Government 
  • Revolutions and Rebellions 
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Year two

  • Civil Rights Movement in the US  
  • International Organisations 
  • Making Public Policy: Governance, Design and Delivery 
  • Public Management and Leadership 
  • St Mary’s Political Lab Project 
  • The Theory and Practice of Diplomacy 
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Year three

  • Cabinets, Council Leaders and Ministers 
  • Counter Radicalisation and Terror  
  • Delivering through Smart Cities, Technology and Open Data 
  • Global Social, Political, and Economic Trends 
  • Human Slavery and Organised Crime  
  • Independent Study Project 
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Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional; you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.

Career opportunities

The course prepares you to enter (and over time reach executive positions in):

  • public service organisations inside government
  • organisations contracting with governmental bodies (including consultancies)
  • positions in multilateral organisations
  • expert advisory to professional bodies related to public service and politics

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Politics and International Relations students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

Facilities

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Fees and funding

Home/EU: £9,250
International: £11,220

The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2018/19 academic year.

For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

Additional costs

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

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact peter.fossey@stmarys.ac.uk.

Further information

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