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BAPolitics and International Relations

Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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If you have a keen interest in current affairs, international trends and understanding the changing world in which we live, then the Politics and International Relations course at NTU is ideal for you.

Because Politics deals with fundamental issues affecting society globally, it makes an ideal combination with International Relations to create an exciting, stimulating and relevant course.

Why choose this course?
94% of our full-time BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations students are satisfied with the course overall (National Student Survey 2014).
You’ll have the opportunity to study abroad for one term in your second year as part of the Erasmus foreign exchange network and undertake a valuable work-based learning.
Academic staff’s research feeds directly into the course, which means you will be learning about the latest issues from world-renowned experts. The team also regularly contribute their thoughts about worldwide events and incidents to the local, national and international media.
The course will put you in a great position to embark on careers in local politics and government, NGOs or other organisations with a stake in national and international political contexts, including the police, financial services, public services, civil services and journalism.

Programme structure

What will I study?
This stimulating degree offers you the opportunity to combine key components of International Relations as well as the chance to examine a range of political systems and theories.

Year One
Core Modules

Foundations and Challenges to International Relations
International Relations and Global History
British Politics in a Global Age
Political Ideologies in Conflict
Media, Power and Politics
The first-year modules are designed to introduce you to basic political concepts and approaches. This will allow you to support your opinions with appropriate concepts and methods of investigation.

Year Two
Core modules

Researching Politics and International Relations
Ethics, Power and Global Politics
On the Researching Politics and International Relations module you will get the opportunity to gain work experience with a number of local and national organisations, with your work reports forming part of the assessment.

Optional modules


Identity, Class and Nation
Politics of European Integration
Contemporary European Politics
International Relations

Global Political economy
Change and the World Order
Working Within International Contexts
International Security
Foreign Language
Year Three
Core Modules

Contemporary Global Trajectories
Optional modules

Hyperpower Politics: USA
Russian Politics and Society
Politics of Everyday Life
Power and Politics in the EU
Transnational Media and Society
German Democracy and Dictatorships
International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa
International Relations of Southeast Asia
Political Violence and Terror
Foreign Language

Career opportunities

Your career development
This is a major part of the course. You will develop key transferable skills including:

time management
You will also have the opportunity to develop links with relevant organisations and potential employers.

Graduation from this course will enable you to apply for roles in the private and public sectors including:

local government
the civil service
international aid and development agencies
the armed forces or the police.
In the private sector organisations are increasingly looking for graduates with an understanding of international and global events and processes. They are also interested in employing graduates who understand cultural barriers.

Our recent International Relations or Politics graduates have secured roles including the following:*

Accounts Executive
Assistant to a Member of the European Parliament
Business Support Assistant
Campaign Manager
Care Assistant
Events Manager
Foreign Exchange Broker
PR Communications Officer
Public Relations and Press Intern
Recruitment Consultant
Retail Banking Operative
Sessional Care Worker
Tax Consultant
Trainee Accountant.
*Taken from the Nottingham Trent University Graduate Destinations Database 2008 – 2013.

Other graduates go on to take Law conversion courses or teacher-training courses and many continue their studies at postgraduate level.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States