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Develop a reflective understanding of the world of politics in its local, national and international contexts. Understand the key theories, ideologies and developments that shape the current political climate.

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Why study Politics and International Relations?

By studying Politics and International Relations, you will develop skills of thinking and research that will enable you to pursue your career of choice after graduating. The degree prepares you to act as a critical, employment-ready citizen.

This course will equip you to find a fulfilling professional career, outside or inside the world of politics. The course supports this through a combination of rigorous thinking and applied projects mentored by industry professionals.

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

Why St Mary's?

The degree harnesses our distinctive London location. London, as s global city, is the national political and administrative capital, and an international hub for politics, policy and communications.

Key facts

  • 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 Twickenham campus, easily accessible from central London by public transport
  • St Mary's University has a 93% success rate for graduates finding employment or further study within six months (HESA, 2018)

Combine Politics and International Relations with another degree

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

Entry requirements

96-112 UCAS points required

BBC - CCC

A Levels

DMM - MMM

BTEC Extended
Diploma

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Additional requirement information

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

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

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.

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).

Course content



Year one

  • What is Politics? Core
  • Introduction to Political Economy Core
  • British Politics Core
  • Comparative Politics Core
  • Introduction to International Relations Core
  • Art and Power Optional
  • Revolutions and Rebellions Optional

Year two

  • Entrepreneurship and Professionalism Core
  • Theory, Practice and History of Diplomacy Core
  • Political Economy of Global Development Core
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences Core
  • Political Ideologies Core
  • EU Politics and Policy Optional
  • Race and Ethnicity in the US Optional
  • Religion and Reason Optional

Year three

  • Political Communication Core
  • Global and Social Economic Trends Core
  • International Organisations Core
  • Independent Research Project Core option
  • Capstone Project Core option
  • The Enterprising Workplace Optional
  • Counter Radicalisation and Terrorism Optional
  • Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Organised Crime Optional
  • Nations and Nationalisms Optional
  • Civil Rights in the US Optional

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.

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.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

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.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 23%
  • Work-based learning: 2%
  • Guided learning: 33%
  • Independent study: 42%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

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.

Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

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Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

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

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

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

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.

Scholarships

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

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.

Facilities

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Teaching staff

Dr Christopher Wylde Dr Christopher Wylde
Senior Lecturer - Politics and International Relations

christopher.wylde@stmarys.ac.uk

Andrea Sau Andrea Sau
Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

andrea.sau@stmarys.ac.uk

Dr Syed Kamall Dr Syed Kamall
Professor of Politics and International Relations

syed.kamall@stmarys.ac.uk

John Nugée John Nugée
Associate Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

john.nugee@stmarys.ac.uk

Gabriel  Stein Gabriel Stein
Associate Lecturer of EU studies

gabriel.stein@stmarys.ac.uk

Further information

UCAS Application Timeline