Typical A-level offer
BBB with B in any subject
Politics affects us all. It is about the ability to change lives, the big ideas that shape our social, economic and political worlds, and how these ideas become policies. It is about how we are governed, about politicians, parties, elections and governments, but, perhaps more importantly, it is also about the relationship between each one of us as individuals and as members of society, communities, and organisations. Politics at Aberystwyth seeks to understand the institutions and practice of politics as well as the ideas and concepts that make up the big political issues of our time and shape our daily lives: ideas of justice, freedom, power, citizenship, democracy, and the morality of political decision-making.
Department of International Politics: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
92% of undergraduates from the Department of International Politics who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
- Teaching & Learning
- Student Views
Why Study Politics at Aberystwyth University?
- Our department is ranked in the top 40 in the world for academic reputation. (QS, 2017).
- Taught in the world’s first department of international politics, founded in 1919 after the end of World War I to help the world understand the world.
- A UK top ten Department, and best in Wales, for student satisfaction (NSS 2016) and research excellence (REF 2014).
- Taught by lecturers who are enthusiastic, committed in providing you with an outstanding and dynamic learning environment.
- Opportunity to take part in our prestigious Parliamentary Placement scheme alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an AM (Welsh Assembly, Cardiff).
- Participate in our renowned ‘Crisis Games’; a three day role playing exercise in political, economic and diplomatic manoeuvre, developing negotiation and communication, critical thinking, team work, and problem-solving skills.
- Contribute to the oldest student–run international Politics journal in the UK ‘Interstate' which is based within the department.
- The Department operates a prestigious Parliamentary Placement Scheme, enabling you to gain valuable experience working alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an AM (Welsh Assembly, Cardiff) for a period of 4-6 weeks during the summer. During this time you will write reports and speeches, undertake research projects, and respond to constituency issues. There may be further opportunities for you to get involved in elections and various international issues.
- The Department also has an International Student Exchange Programme based on close links with carefully selected universities in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, offering you an excellent opportunity to expand your academic and social horizons by spending a part of your university experience abroad.
- The Department is also home to Interstate, the oldest student-run international politics journal in the United Kingdom, providing a unique opportunity for you to publish your work (particularly advantageous if you wish to progress to postgraduate study) or gain valuable experience working as part of the editorial team.Stimulating student societies foster a strong sense of community within the department, offering a programme of political debates, visiting speakers, conferences and workshops, alongside numerous social activities such as an annual ball.
- Last, but not least, the Department also offers a number of degree schemes and modules taught entirely or partially through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the Department.
Lecturers in the Department of International Politics are all research active and qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
- Approaching the Political
- Deall y Byd Cymdeithasol
- Exploring the International 1 *
- Exploring the International 2 *
- Gwleidyddiaeth yn yr Unfed Ganrif ar Hugain
- Politics in the 21st Century
- The Making of the Modern World: International History since 1789 *
- Understanding the Social World
- War, Strategy and Intelligence *
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
What are our graduates doing now?
Graduates from our department have pursued careers in:
- The Civil Service
- Security Service
- Government Research department
- Public Affairs
- Social Research
What opportunities are there for me whilst studying at University?
Employability is embedded across our teaching. We teach our students to aim for the career they want, not the job that they can get.
- The Department operates a prestigious Parliamentary Placement scheme, enabling you to gain valuable experience working alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an AM (Welsh Assembly, Cardiff) for a period of 4-6 weeks during the summer. During this time, you will write reports and speeches, undertake research projects, and respond to constituency issues. There may be further opportunities for you to get involved in elections and various international issues.
- The Department is also home to Interstate, the oldest student-run international politics journal in the United Kingdom, providing a unique opportunity for you to publish your work (particularly advantageous if you wish to progress to postgraduate study) or gain valuable experience working as part of the editorial team. Stimulating student societies foster a strong sense of community within the department, offering a programme of political debates, visiting speakers, conferences and workshops, alongside numerous social activities such as an annual ball.
What skills will acquire if I studied Politics and Modern History at Aberystwyth University?
Studying for a degree in International Politics will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
• research skills
What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying?
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Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
In the first year you will discover:
- Political theory & key political ideas
- The different methodologies to analyse topical issues in international and domestic politics
- A range of perspectives and approaches to the study of international politics
- Contemporary political problems and how they are portrayed
- Key issues facing the Social World
- The development and progress of international relations during the twentieth century
In the second and Third year you will explore issues such as:
- Democracy & democracy promotion
- British & Comparative Politics
- Politics in Russia, Europe and the USA
- Global inequality and the developing world
- The EU & NATO
- Latin American Politics
- The BRICS and the global economy
- Intelligence and security
- Multiculturalism & the politics of language
- Nationalism & Populist politics
- A compulsory dissertation to demonstrate your substantive knowledge in your chosen subject area
How will I be taught?
We deliver this degree through the medium of lectures and seminars.
We will assign you a personal tutor who will be with you throughout your degree, this person will help you any problems whether these are academic-related or personal issues.
We assess our students through essays, reports, examinations, book reviews, learning logs and presentations.
We encourage our students to take part in the Crisis Games, which is a yearly residential activity away from Aberystwyth. Crisis games have been based on humanitarian crises, the Northern Ireland peace process, the US presidential election, war between Russia and Georgia. The Crisis Games will allow you to learn about aspects of international politics which cannot be taught in lectures and seminars, especially the constraints which political leaders face in responding to various crises. This is no doubt, the highlight of the year.
What I love about my course is the variation in module choices, the depth of discussion and the freedom to take a unique perspective on an issue whilst still remaining in a structured environment.
Alex John Haden (Political Studies graduate 2013)
This is a course that is different from any other. It examines elements of power, order and security more than any other discipline. In essence, it focuses on the way in which societies and governments react to certain events. It entails the study of knowledge in so deep and complex a way that, in the end, nobody can ever possess it completely. Passion is one thing and reason is something else, but the two things combined make Politics. A story of love and death - incline and decline - so charming that you can only love it once, meaning for ever...’
Antel Ompeintat (International Politics graduate 2014)
What's great about Political Studies is the variety of choice you have in exactly what you want to study. Politics is such a broad subject and therefore needs a wide variety of choices for modules to study. Furthermore as a subject it encourages interaction and participation. There is no other course that has quite the same level of interaction between students.
Emma Rammell (Political Studies graduate 2014)
Typical Entry Requirements
A Levels BBB with B in any subject
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh
BTEC National Diploma:
114 - 120
30 points overall
Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org