BA

International Politics and Military History

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Key Facts

Code LV2H
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in any subject

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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For as long as there has been war, people have been fascinated by the history of how those wars have been fought, why and by whom. The International Politics and Military History degree scheme provides an opportunity for an in-depth study of warfare as it has developed since the time of Napoleon, reflecting changes in society and technology. For example, how and why has the nature of war changed, from nations in arms through the age of total war to wars of choice? How has technology changed war, from steam through nuclear power to computers and nano-technology?

Students taking this degree will also learn about how war has been studied and about the evolution of key ideas about the nature and conduct of war: the principles of war, the role of battle, the importance of leadership and the power of industry. The focus of Military History at Aberystwyth is on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and it is placed in the context of the international political world.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Politics (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Department of International Politics: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

94% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months after graduating. (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study International Politics and Military History at Aberystwyth University?

  • Our department is ranked in the top 40 in the world for academic reputation. (QS, 2017).
  • You will become a student  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.
  • In the latest National Student Survey, the department ranked top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Politics (NSS 2017) and research excellence (REF 2014).
  • You will be guided and mentored by lecturers who are enthusiastic, committed in providing you with an outstanding and dynamic learning environment.
  • All students will have the opportunity to 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.  
  • 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.
Our Staff

Lecturers in the Department of International Politics are all research active and qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.

Modules

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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Behind the Headlines * IP12620 20
Exploring the International 1: Central Concepts and Core Skills * IP12420 20
Exploring the International 2: Global Challenges * IP12520 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
The Making of the Modern World: War Peace and Revolution since 1789 * IP12820 20
Politics in the 21st Century * IP12920 20
War, Strategy and Intelligence * IP10320 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Warfare after Waterloo: Military History 1815-1918 IP25320 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
America at War: A Military History of the United States IP26920 20
Capitalism and International Politics IQ22820 20
Contemporary Debates in the Social Sciences SA20120 20
Contemporary Latin America IP28720 20
Intelligence and International Security IP25620 20
International Politics and Global Development IP29220 20
Multiculturalism in Policy and Practice * IQ23720 20
NATO: From Cold War to Hybrid War IP23320 20
People and Power: Understanding Comparative Politics Today IQ23920 20
Political Theory * IP22220 20
Religion and Politics in the Middle East IP29720 20
Russia in World Politics: propaganda, strategic narrative and soft power IQ24820 20
The BRICS in World Politics * IQ20320 20
The Dream of Internationalism: The League of Nations and its Legacies IQ22420 20
War, Politics and Strategy IP20320 20
Y Meddwl Cymreig mewn Syniadaeth Ryngwladol GQ20920 20
A War on the Mind: Propaganda and Secret Intelligence from the Great War to the 21st Century IP28320 20
Britain And the Islamic World: from 1857 to the Iraq War IQ24020 20
By the People: US Politics. Past and Present IP24420 20
Gender and Sexuality in the Americas IQ22320 20
Global Inequality and World Politics IQ24120 20
International Relations: Perspectives and Debates * IP20120 20
Intervention and Statebuilding IQ20220 20
Justice, Order, Human Rights IQ21720 20
Questions of International Politics and Global Development IP26820 20
Russian intelligence from Lenin to Putin IQ24920 20
Terrorism & Counter Terrorism in the Modern World: Policing, Intelligence & War IP24520 20
The Long Shadow of the Second World War IP22720 20
The Making of National Security Policy IP23720 20
Total War, Total Peace * IQ23420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Dissertation * IP30040 40

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
America At War: a Military History of the United States IP36920 20
Capitalism and International Politics IQ32820 20
Contemporary Latin America IP38720 20
Multiculturalism in Policy and Practice * IQ33720 20
NATO: From Cold War to Hybrid War IP33320 20
People and Power: Understanding Comparative Politics Today IQ33920 20
Religion and Politics in the Middle East IP39720 20
Russia in World Politics: propaganda, strategic narrative and soft power IQ34820 20
The BRICS in World Politics IQ30320 20
The Dream of Internationalism: The League of Nations and its Legacies IQ32420 20
A War on the Mind: Propaganda and Secret Intelligence from the Great War to the 21st Century IP38320 20
Britain And the Islamic World: from 1857 to the Iraq War IQ34020 20
By the People: US Politics. Past and Present IP34420 20
Gender and Sexuality in Latin America IQ32320 20
Global Inequality and World Politics IQ34120 20
Intervention and Statebuilding IQ30220 20
Justice, Order, Human Rights IQ31720 20
Questions of International Politics and Global Development IP36820 20
Russian Intelligence from Lenin to Putin IQ34920 20
Terrorism & Counter Terrorism in the Modern World: Policing, Intelligence & War IP34520 20
The Long Shadow of the Second World War IP32720 20
The Making of National Security Policy IP33720 20
Total War, Total Peace * IQ33420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

Employability is embedded within all courses provided by us. Our degrees provide a solid foundation for a vast array of careers across a range of sectors. In a rapidly shifting global economy, our graduates are adaptable and able to draw on a range of transferable skills, ensuring that they are always in demand.

The skill sets include:

  • Effective problem solving and creative thinking skills;
  • Information technology skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Time-management, organisational skills;
  • Communication skills both written and oral;
  • Self-motivation and self-reliance.

What opportunities are there for me after I complete my degree?

Here is an example of what some of our graduates are doing:

Roles in the development sector, local and national politics, the Civil Service, Government research, Social researcher, roles in the third sector such as with NGOs, work with international organisations, journalism.

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 work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In your first year you have the opportunity to explore:

  • Key issues in the fields of War, Strategy and Intelligence;
  • International History and the Making of the Modern World;
  • A range of perspectives and approaches to the study of international politics;
  • Contemporary political problems and how they are portrayed;
  • The different methodologies to analyse topical issues in international and domestic politics.

In your second and third year you will have the opportunity to study issues such as:

  • The evolution of warfare since Napoleon;
  • The role of war and warfare in the history of key states and regions (such as the USA, the UK and Ireland, Russia, and the Middle East);
  • Key aspects of the Cold War, the Second World War, the relations between state, societies and the military, Total war, Intelligence and warfare;
  • And undertake a compulsory dissertation in the final year 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 twice-yearly residential course away from Aberystwyth. Crisis games have been based on humanitarian crises, the Northern Ireland peace process, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the US presidential election, an Arctic environmental disaster, 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. 

Student Views

I love that I get to explore subjects that are of personal interest to me. The reading can at times be in abundance, but it is always interesting to get new perspectives on things I thought that I already knew. The seminars are good too - discussing the topics and finding out what my fellow classmates have interpreted about the subject-matter really helps me to develop my own answers and understanding, which then enables me get better scores when it comes to essay and exam time! Adam Curtis

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Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in any subject

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
70-75% overall

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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