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At Buckinghamshire New University, we’re dedicated to preparing you for the working world. This course covers the theory, as well as also giving you a solid understanding of what skills you’ll need for a career in politics and international relations.
Covering everything from world politics to emerging powers and global governance, you can be sure that you’ll develop your knowledge around key must-know areas within the industry. With London just a short train ride away, you’ll also benefit from visiting political institutions, guest speakers and everything the capital city has to offer.
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union has been ranked in the top three in the UK in the National Student Survey (NSS 2020). We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich your university experience. It’s a big deal!
Why study this subject?
Politics shapes the world. It impacts every area of our lives – the economy, environment, media and civil society. It has a fascinating history. And it provides a promising career path for your future
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
We live in a world where societies and the politics governing them are rapidly changing. If you want a career in which you help achieve social change, you might want to consider our exciting Politics and International Relations degree programme.
Our BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations provides you with a rich, diverse, employability focused curriculum, covering a wide range of historical and contemporary issues and themes in politics and international relations.
We’ve made sure the course is focused on your career, with topics relevant to any employer in the sector. We encourage you to develop solution-focused approaches to social problems in your assignments, which are transferable into many relevant work-places.
You will graduate understanding the major global political systems and how they have shaped the societies we live in. You’ll discover the driving forces behind political, economic and socio-cultural changes across the world.
It’s not just about the lectures – you’ll have plenty of opportunities to go on visits to political institutions, take part in workshops, and use our digital resources.
What facilities can I use?
We’ve invested in a range of state-of-the-art facilities across our campuses to support your learning.
Our library is the perfect place to find the resources you need and a quiet place to study, filled with four floors of books, journals, computer suites and study rooms. Or, if you’d rather work off campus, e-Journals and resources are only a few clicks away using our Virtual Learning Environment.
What will I study?
Politics is constantly evolving. You’ll learn about different political systems and global institutions, and how their past has shaped what the world looks like today.
You’ll discover how political institutions use their power, and how social movements and new ideas challenge our sense of identity, community and political participation.
Looking at technology, surveillance and communications, we’ll also explore how political imagination is adapting for the future.
We’ll also look at the way strategies and policies come about. You’ll develop knowledge in a wide range of related areas, including economic development, the environment, media and civil society.
With insight from across social sciences and humanities, this course covers a huge spectrum, helping to prepare you for a successful career in this dynamic field.
Using archives and other resources, you’ll conduct your own political science research to inform your work.
With the in-depth knowledge you’ll have gained of the sector on this programme, you should feel confident going into any interview.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
We’ve made sure the course has a good variety of teaching and learning methods. This means you’ll have some strong skills that employers will find valuable, including report writing, policy making, presentation, group work, materials design and research.
You’ll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, and independent study. Since the course covers such a wide range of topics, no two days will be the same.
To do well in your assessments, you need to focus on real solutions. Using your critical thinking skills, you’ll think about new ways to address national, regional or international political issues.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity
Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility
Inquiry Based Learning
Ways of Learning about the Social World
Year 2 Modules
Introduction to Political Thought
Media, Communications and Politics
Introduction to Political Research
Politics and the Environment
Year 3 Modules
Resistance, Rebellion and Revolution
International Political Economy
Political Research Project
Art, Culture and Politics
Politics and the Middle East
Politics of Global Development
Year 4 Modules
The European Union, Democracy and its Discontents
Politics, Surveillance and Technology
Uncertain Futures: Politics in the 21st Century
Diplomacy and Statecraft
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
Some of the careers you might consider include:
- Diplomatic service
- Civil service
- Policy work
- International aid.
If you decide to take a break from politics, your skills will be equally useful in other areas, including marketing and PR, charities, law, or international business.
You could also choose to stay on at Buckinghamshire New University and progress to postgraduate study.