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International relations today is about understanding and tackling global challenges. As a student on the International Relations / Spanish degree course at Aberystwyth University, you will be perfectly placed to gain a deeper understanding of what those challenges are and the opportunities and obstacles that shape how we manage them. The Spanish component of this course will enable you to discover language, culture, literature and art whilst at the same time developing your linguistic competencies in the Spanish language. This degree scheme provides an ideal combination of intensive language training while at the same time exploring the big questions and concepts of our time, such as power, conflict, security democracy, inequality, ethics, rights, justice, gender, development and political participation.
Why study International Relations / Spanish at Aberystwyth University?
- There is a wide range of expertise available within the Department of Modern Languages and this is reflected in the module choices we offer. Students could choose modules on linguistics (both modern and historical); European Culture, Film and Literature; European Linguistics; Language of Business and Current Affairs.
- All students on this course will spend their third year living independently in a Spanish speaking country. You could choose to study at University, work as a language assistant or other forms of work placements.
- The Department of International Politics offers you the opportunity to explore modules which include Global challenges, Politics in the 21st Century, War, Strategy and Intelligence, Capitalism, Intelligence and International Security to name a few.
- As a student in the Department of International Politics, you will study in the world's first department of international politics that was founded after the First World War to help the world understand the world.
- During the first year, you will receive a comprehensive introduction to Spanish studies and related research skills, in tutorial form.
- The Department of International Politics provides many extra curricular opportunities during the duration of the course. A highlight of the course for many students is the renowned Crisis Games which is a three day role playing exercise in political, economics and diplomatic manoeuvre, developing negotiation and communication, critical thinking team work and problem solving skills.
- This degree is available to beginners and advanced students. Beginners will follow an intensive course in the first year.
Lecturers in the Department of International Politics are all research active and qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.
All of the lecturers in the Department of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active specialists in their chosen field. We also employ highly qualified and experienced language tutors, and native-speakers, who will ensure that your learning is of the highest possible quality and who will provide you with constant support through your years of study.
Modules September start - 2024
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.
|Behind the Headlines
|Exploring the International 1: Central Concepts and Core Skills *
|Beginners Spanish 1
|Beginners Spanish 2
|Spanish Language Advanced
|Globalization and Global Development
|Politics in the 21st Century
|The Making of the Modern World: War Peace and Revolution since 1789
|War, Strategy and Intelligence
|Introduction to European Film
|Language, Culture, and Identity in Europe
|Study and Research Skills in Spanish and Latin American Studies
|International Relations: Perspectives and Debates
* 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. 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.
Studying for a degree in International Relations / Spanish 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 are there for me while 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 of International Politics 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 will be available to me while I study?
Find out about the various opportunities that our Careers Service offers.
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 four year degree scheme.
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 international relations during the twentieth century;
- The different methodologies to analyse topical issues in international and domestic politics;
- Political theory & key political issues;
- Explore the range of skills required for Spanish studies, and present at first independent research.
- Hispanic Civilization;
- Discover the language through film, language and identity.
- Contemporary political problems and how they are portrayed;
- Key issues in the fields of War, Strategy and Intelligence.
In your second and fourth years you will have the opportunity to explore:
- theories, approaches and perspectives in international relations
- a range of challenges facing the international system, such as globalisation, international security, the environment, inequality, global health, conflict and post conflict environments
- and develop your language competencies further after your year spent in Spain
- a range of modules on Literature, Film, Culture, Business
- Romance Linguistics
- Spanish American Cinema
- Spanish Cinema ii: New Tendencies
- a variety of regional and national politics including Latin American, Russia, Europe and the EU, the BRICS, the Middle East, the UK
- teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
- and conduct your independent research, with tutorial supervision
- international twentieth century history and the Cold War
- and undertake a compulsory dissertation to demonstrate your substantive knowledge in your chosen subject area.
Spanish - During your four years, you will have four weekly hours of language work, which includes speaking, listening, writing and translation. In your third year you will embark on your Year Abroad of studying or work placements. This experience of living abroad is highly valued by employers.
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 event away from Aberystwyth. Crisis games have been based on humanitarian crises, the Northern Ireland peace process, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the US presidential election, environmental disaster in the Arctic, 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.
I love the International Politics course, because it's a subject that attracts a wide range of people both from around the UK and internationally, meaning you meet a wide range of people and opinions. The seminars allow for great discussion and learning, and the lectures themselves are interesting with just as interesting lecturers!
The Department of international Politics has provided me with a new-found understanding of the world through modules on issues surrounding concepts of globalisation to the lives of women in the Third World. With experts in so many fields it is great having such an approachable set of tutors. My three years here at Aberystwyth have been educational as well as enjoyable and I would recommend studying here to anyone.
Great lecturers, great building, great people on the course!
Matthew David Bold
Typical Entry Requirements
UCAS Tariff 120 - 104
A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in Spanish (unless to be studied as a beginner)
GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh
BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM to include B in A level Spanish (unless to be studied as a beginner)
30-28 with 5 points in Spanish at Higher Level
75%-65% overall with 7 in Spanish
English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.
Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.
The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
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 would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.