Politics and International Relations
Our department is thriving and dynamic, yet friendly. We are noted for our excellence in teaching, our helpful and accessible staff and our wide range of optional modules in the final year.
|Course Title||UCAS Code||Duration||Typical Offer|
|BA Politics||L200||Three years full-time||ABB|
|BA International Relations||L250||Three years full-time||ABB|
|BA International Relations and History||LV21||Three years full-time||ABB|
|BA Politics and Economics||LL12||Three years full-time||ABB|
|BA Politics and Sociology||LL23||Three years full-time||ABB|
|BA History and Politics||VL12||Three years full-time||ABB|
|BA Management Studies with Politics||N2L2||Three years full-time||ABB|
|LLB Law with Politics||M2L2||Three years full-time||AAB|
Politics at Leicester
Students of politics ask important and fascinating questions about the contemporary world: Who wields power? How did they come by this power? Should we obey them? After debating these fundamental matters graduates from Leicester have the capacity to think independently and critically, and go on to a wide range of exciting careers.
Why Study Politics and International Relations at Leicester?
Example Jobs: National Graduate Programme Management Trainee; Prison Officer; Research Assistant.
Example Employers: British Gas; Health Lambert Insurance; HM Prison Service; Nottinghamshire County Council; Saga; William Harvey Hospital.
Example Postgraduate Courses: Law Conversion Course; MA Global Political Economy; MA International Relations and World Order; MA International Security; MA Politics; MSc European Governance; MSc Political Theory; MSc Real Estate
Example jobs and employers information comes from the University’s ‘Where Did They Go?’ survey, and shows destinations of 2010/11 graduates 6 months after graduation.
The Department has an outstanding track record for student satisfaction, and was rated in the top ten for student satisfaction in the 2012 National Student Survey. We provide a wide range of courses across politics and international relations, allowing you to choose a course to suit your specific interests. Many of our courses are taught in conjunction with other departments within the University, meaning you benefit from a breadth of skills and knowledge.
Our programmes are designed to give you a broad understanding of the major developments in the politics field, with the opportunity to specialise in the final year. Among the most popular of our optional modules in the Third Year are South African Politics, The Politics of Northern Ireland, American Foreign Policy Since the Cold War and Parliamentary Politics. In addition, all students undertake a dissertation in the Final Year. Recent topics have included Devolution and National Identities in the UK; The Rise of China and The Meaning of Feminism.
The Department is highly responsive to your needs. We try to provide an environment in which students who encounter academic or personal difficulties can raise them and be assured of a sympathetic hearing. Our reputation as an approachable and friendly group of staff is important to us. We regularly seek your views and feedback via the Student-Staff Committee and incorporate suggested changes into the Department’s practice.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
In the first two years, teaching is by a combination of lectures and small group seminars. You will have individual support from your tutors, and will be assessed through both written examination and assessed essay. In the final year, teaching is organised around seminars, often led by student presentations and the scheme of assessment remains a combination of essay and exam.
The Department helps to develop a range of transferable skills to help prepare you for your future career. You are encouraged to work on your communication skills, both orally and in writing, your ability to argue rationally and evaluate competing perspectives, as well as your presentational and IT skills.
In recent years, Politics graduates have proceeded into a number and wide variety of careers, including administration (public and private), the legal profession, teaching, personnel and financial services. Around a quarter of graduates undertake further training, often at Masters level.
Opportunities to Visit and Further Information
Choosing where and what to study at university is an important decision for you. You are very welcome to contacts us and find out more about our programmes.