International Relations and Climate Change

BA International Relations and Climate Change Code 27LF

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Key Facts

  • UCAS Tariff

    120 - 96

  • Course Length

    3 Year

Further details on entry requirements

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The planet is facing a climate emergency. Climate Change is the most significant and complex challenge to human social, political and economic systems. International Relations and Climate Change degree at Aberystwyth University is key to understanding this complexity and confronting this global crisis. From the individual to the global level action is urgently required. While individual contributions and efforts to save our planet are important, without local, national, regional and global cooperation and coordination the damage to our climate, environment and ecological systems cannot be slowed let alone reversed. Without states, international organisations, NGOs and social movements working together this existential global challenge cannot be effectively tackled.

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 should you study International Relations and Climate Change at Aberystwyth University?

What are the obstacles to such cooperation? What possibilities are there to overcome them? These questions are at the heart of this innovative, incisive and intellectually stimulating degree scheme. The course provides a thorough and critical understanding of the interconnectedness of politics and international relations, climate change, the environment and natural resources, inequality and development, and cooperation and conflict. In particular this programme focuses on evaluating the nature of the climate emergency, its political, economic, social and ecological impacts, and the political, social, economic and human responses to it.

Students studying International Relations and Climate Change at Aberystwyth will:

  • Engage with and develop a distinct multidisciplinary approach to the international politics of climate change.
  • Analyse the causes and consequence of climate change and environmental degradation, especially from the perspective of international politics.
  • Reflect on ways that states and societies struggle with managing the planet’s resources and ecological systems and to develop effective political and societal solutions.
  • Examine links between climate change and other global challenges such as conflict, migration, inequality and governance.
  • Explore through simulations the experience of decision-making processes, negotiations and the politics surrounding contemporary climate governance.

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
Dissertation * IP30040 40


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Contemporary Latin America * IP38720 20
The European Union: Politics, Policies, Problems * IP33820 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Graduates in this degree will be well-placed to pursue a career in climate change management, adaptation and mitigation, both in the UK and abroad. Additionally, they will be suited to careers in related areas, such as environmental education and consultancy or conservation. Many are likely to undertake further postgraduate study, either at Masters or Doctoral level.

Learning & Teaching

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

What will I learn?

First Year:

  • Exploring the International: Central concepts and core skills
  • Globalisation and Global Development
  • Climate Change: Impacts, Perceptions, Adaptations
  • The Science of Climate.

Second year

  • The Governance of Climate Change: Simulation Module
  • International relations: Perspectives and debates.

Third Year:

  • Dissertation

On each year of the degree, and especially in your second and third years, you will study several optional modules. These may include:

  • International Politics in the Anthropocene
  • People, Progress, Environment: Theories and Histories of Environmental Politics
  • Refugee simulation
  • International Politics and Global Development
  • Global Inequality and World Politics
  • Global Politics and the Refugee Regime.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 96

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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