International Politics (with integrated year studying abroad)

BA International Politics (with integrated year studying abroad) Code L242 Online Open Day 25 November 2020. Register now. Online Open Day 25 November 2020. Register now.

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Key Facts

  • UCAS Tariff

    96 - 120

  • Course Length

    4 Year

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International Relations is about how we tackle global challenges. World politics stands at a fascinating but difficult historical juncture, one that as political beings, we all need to understand, explain and, in part shape. With the relative decline of the ‘West’, the emergence of new powers and actors, and the increasingly complex and intertwined nature of local, national, regional, international and global problems, ‘international politics’ is entering a new era. The degree in International Relations (with integrated study abroad) offers students the opportunity to study the concepts, practices, policies, histories and regions that make up international politics as a discipline with the option of studying in one of our partner Universities in Europe and further afield.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

94% overall student satisfaction for the Department of International Politics (NSS 2020).

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)

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


Why study International Relations at Aberystwyth?

  •  You will be taught in the world’s first department of international politics. It was founded in 1919 after the end of World War I in order to better understand the causes of war, and to promote a more peaceful world.
  • During your course, you will have the opportunity to participate in our renowned ‘International Crisis Game’. This is a three-day role-playing exercise in political, economic and diplomatic manoeuvre, where you will develop negotiation and communication, critical thinking, team-work, and problem-solving skills. 
  • The study abroad element will enable you to choose to study in one of our partner Universities; we have a number of these in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. Your year abroad will spent during your third year, and you will return to complete your degree in the fourth (and final) year. 
  • 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 (National Assembly for Wales, 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. This is a unique opportunity for you to publish your work or gain valuable experience working as part of the editorial team. The student-run International Politics Society organises a busy and varied programme of political debates, visiting speakers, conferences and workshops, alongside numerous social activities such as an annual ball. 
  • The Department also offers a number of degree schemes and modules taught entirely or partially through the medium of Welsh. Click the module tab for further information.
Our Staff

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.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Exploring the International 1: Central Concepts and Core Skills * IP12420 20
Behind the Headlines * IP12620 20
War, Strategy and Intelligence IP10320 20
Globalization and Global Development * IP12520 20
The Making of the Modern World: War Peace and Revolution since 1789 IP12820 20
Politics in the 21st Century * IP12920 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


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. The study year abroad element will also demonstrate to your future employers that you're willing to take on new challenges and able to adapt to new environments; this will make you stand out from the crowd. 

Upon successful completion of the year abroad, students return with increased self- confidence, and a more mature and informed outlook on the world. 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
  • the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • time-management and 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: Politics-related professions such as those found in the civil service, local and national government, international organisations, non-profit and non-governmental organisations (NGO) sectors, and the armed forces. 

Our graduates have also pursued positions in journalism, the financial sector, the legal profession, business or teaching.

Learning & Teaching

What will I learn? 

The breakdown below gives you an illustration of what you may study during the four years of your degree that you will spend in the department. 

In your first year you will have the opportunity to explore:

  • a range of perspectives and approaches to the study of international politics
  • the development and progress of key ideas and concepts in international relations
  • the key political challenges in the 21st century
  • different perspectives on war, peace and revolution since 1789
  • key issues in the fields of war, strategy and intelligence. 

In your second and fourth years you will have the opportunity to study issues such as: 

  • theories, approaches and perspectives in international relations
  • a range of challenges facing the international system, such as globalisation, war, international terrorism, climate change, inequality, nuclear proliferation, global health epidemics, refugee and migrant crises, and secession
  • a variety of regional and national politics including Latin American, Russia, Europe and the EU, the BRICS, the Middle East, the UK
  • international history in the twentieth century
  • the history and development of political ideas and ideologies
  • the range of security challenges facing domestic and international actors
  • 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, as well as workshops, simulations and role-plays. We assess our students through essays, policy reports, examinations, book reviews, learning logs and presentations. We will also assign you a personal tutor throughout your time as an undergraduate student. This person can help you with any questions or problems, whether these are academic-related or personal issues.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact

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