What will I learn?

Study BA Politics and International Relations and ask why do countries go to war? How much tax should we pay? And can foreign policy ever be wholly ethical?

If these are the kind of questions that interest you then you'll love exploring them through this stimulating, discussion-based degree course.

You will learn about the fundamental elements of politics and international relations, address some of the contemporary world's most pressing problems and explore the ethical and moral issues that arise when political authority is exercised.

Most of your teaching time will be spent in small group seminars, allowing you to interact directly with staff and other students, and add your own voice to the discussion. You will learn about the fundamental elements of politics and international relations, address some of the contemporary world's most pressing problems and explore the ethical and moral issues that arise when political authority is exercised.

Career

Through this course you will develop strong analytical and research skills, as well as become experienced in delivering presentations and working in a group. These skills are valued by employers in many industries, giving you the option of roles that are directly related to your degree or in completely different fields. Our combination of skills development, placements and practical modules has meant that 94% of graduates from the Department of Politics and International Relations are in work or further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DHLE) survey, 2016/17).

Past students have put their political analysis skills to direct use in the British and European civil services, political research units, think tanks, non-governmental organisations and journalism. Others have gone into advertising, retail, management consultancy, media and banking.

Which department am I in?

Politics and International Relations

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
£19,500.00 (20,09,413) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

October 2022

Venue

Main Site

Room 208,

Pepper Lane,

Reading,

Wokingham,

RG6 6AH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students with US High School Diploma with GPA of 3.0/4.0 will be considered for entry onto International Foundation Programme. We do accept several combinations of qualifications for students who completed the High School Diploma but generally we consider the following common combinations: High School Diploma with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and grades ranging from 444 - 555 in three Advanced placement tests Or High School Diploma with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and scores ranging from 600 - 700 in three SAT Subjects Tests. A levels/AS levels or International Baccalaureate (IB) or other International qualications will also be considered. Please refer the university website for details of the English Language requirements for entry to individual undergraduate degree programmes.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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