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Sept 2020

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3 Years



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Dr Christopher Wylde
Dr Christopher Wylde

Senior Lecturer - Politics and International Relations
020 8240 8269

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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:

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 Terror Optional
  • Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Organised Crime Optional
  • Nations and Nationalisms Optional
  • Civil Rights in the US Optional
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

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.

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.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

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

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750

* 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.

Further information

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