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Politics and International Relations (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
3 years
Course Type
UCAS Course code

About this course

This BSc Politics and International Relations degree includes the study of traditional disciplines of political theory and comparative politics. You'll develop a grounding in the theory and practice of global politics. This will give you an in-depth understanding of the contemporary political world.

You'll learn the theory of politics and then specialise in areas of current political importance. These include globalisation, public policy, constitutional politics, security studies and migration. You'll study current problems and explore how to address them.

In this course, you can:

  • study political theory, global politics, public policy, and political analysis

  • examine the conventional wisdom about international relations and gain a more critical understanding of this important field

  • learn from hands-on activities such as public engagement and field trips to Whitehall and Westminster

  • learn about foreign and security policies of key states such as the USA, and principal institutions such as the UN and the World Trade Organisation (WTO)

  • choose from a wide array of topics through optional modules, including political topics relating to the UK, the EU or the US, and modules in criminology, economics or ethics

A BSc Politics and International Relations degree from the University of Southampton will:

  • develop your critical thinking skills

  • hone your analytical capacity

  • train you in a range of research skills that are highly valued by employers

You'll develop transferable skills such as:

  • effective oral and written communication

  • problem solving

  • data analysis

This degree gives excellent training for a range of careers, including roles in:

  • the civil service and international organisations

  • NGOs, advocacy and lobby groups

  • political campaigning

  • journalism

  • a broad range of business sectors

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

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