Course Overview

At Swansea University, we believe above all, that the study of International Relations should always open your mind and extend your skills. The BA International Relations provides students with a detailed understanding of the international system, key issues and an appreciation of the global dynamics at work. The twenty-first Century has often been called the Asia-Pacific Century, and with good reason when you consider it is home to the rising power of China and host to trouble spots ranging from nuclear weapons in Northeast Asia to Islamic terrorism in Southeast Asia.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • Students can study Politics modules.
  • Students have the option of studying a Semester Abroad during their second year. Destinations include: USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • The ‘National Assembly for Wales Internship’ (PO3000) is a Level 3 module open to International Relations students, available during semester one and it can accommodate up to twenty students. The students work for an AM at the National Assembly in Cardiff for one day per week for a semester.  
  • Students have an academic mentor for pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PO-100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20How Politics and IR count
PO-118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
PO-125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20What is Politics and International Relations?
Optional Modules
Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 2 x 20 credit modules for TB1 and 1 x 20 credit module for TB2 OR 1 x 20cr module and 2 x 10cr Languages for All modules, which must be taken as a pair (1 in TB1 and 1 in TB2)

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The American Experience 1492-2000
AM-112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20American Politics and Society
CLC103Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Philosophy and Rhetoric
CY-124Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Statws y Gymraeg
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
HIH118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Early Modern World, 1500-1800
HIH121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Europe of Extremes: 1789 - 1989
HUA101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theories of War
HUA102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Warfare in the Modern World
HUP100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Fundamental Questions of Philosophy
HUP101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ethics, Justice, and Society
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MS-120Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Media History
MSP100RSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Public Relations: Strategic Communications
MSS106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hollywood: A History of American Film

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PO-203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Anarchy and Order: Theories in International Relations
PO-222Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Globalisation
PO-232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Empire Strikes Back: War, Strategy and the Use of Force in the Post Cold War Era
Optional Modules
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 2 x 20 credit modules for TB1 and 1 x 20 credit module for TB2 OR 1 x 20cr module and 2 x 10cr Languages for All modules, which must be taken as a pair (1 in TB1 and 1 in TB2)

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
ALE218Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discourse Analysis
AM-213Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Topics in American Studies II:
AM-245Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20John F. Kennedy and America
AM-251Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20America in Crisis: Political Culture and Society from the Tet Offensive to Trump
AM-253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20New York City: History and Culture since 1945
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-234Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Hawliau Iaith yn y Cyd-destun Rhyngwladol
CY-236Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Amlddiwylliannedd a'r Gymraeg
HIH253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Welsh Century: Politics, Nationality and Religion, 1847-1947
HIH272Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cold War
HUA206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Wars and Conflicts
HUA207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Business & Entrepreneurship
HUA208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The First world War: Politics, Society and culture in Europe 1870 - 1933
HUP201Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fundamental Issues in Moral and Political Philosophy
HUP202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Founders of Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MS-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Digital Media
MS-232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Social Media Cultures
MSP200RSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Public Relations Theory
PO-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Global Political Economy: From Mercantilism to Neoliberalism
PO-239Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Moralities of War and Peace
PO-256Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Genocide
PO-281Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20British Politics and Public Policy

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PO-396Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Researching Politics 1
PO-397Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching Politics 2
Optional Modules
Dissertation 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : SELECT at least 1 X 20CR FOR TB/1 (Long module, extending over two terms). PO-3121 (TB1) and POA301 (TB2) must be taken together.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PO-3000Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20The National Assembly for Wales
PO-3121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Parliamentary Studies
PO-395Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Dissertation (PO-325)
POA301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Dissertation in Parliamentary Studies
AND
Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select three modules from the list below if taking PO-395 or PO-3000. Select two modules from the list below if taking PO-3121 and POA301

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language in the Media
AM-330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20America and the Bomb
AM-335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The American Civil War in History and Memory
AM-338Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Clear and Present Danger: Terrorism and America
AM-339Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Popular Music and the City
CY-353Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cyfraith Hywel
CY-358Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Y Gymraeg, Datganoli a'r Gyfraith
HIH396Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Machiavelli to Mussolini: Government and society in Western political thought
HUA300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Rise of Brazil
HUA301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gunfighter Nation: the West in History, Mythology and Fiction
HUA305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Spanish Civil War - Its Origins, Course and Legacy
HUA306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Aftermaths of War
HUA308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art, Cinema and Music
HUA309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Russian Civil War
HUP301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Religion, Science, and Superstition
HUP304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Philosophy and the Social Sciences
MS-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Digital Futures
MS-336Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Mediating the 21st Century
PO-3004Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Philosophy and the Social Sciences
PO-3110Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Visions of Democracy
PO-3114Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The International Politics of Space
PO-3117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Politics and International Development
PO-3316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Shadow Wars: US Presidents and covert action from the Cold War to Obama
PO-345Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Political Economy: Competing Perspectives on Global Capitalism
PO-392Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Security

Description

We teach Single Honours degrees in International Relations and an extensive range of Joint degrees so that you can combine your study with other Humanities subjects, with Social Sciences, or with a Language. Our degrees provide you with the essential skills to help you make sense of the complex, fast moving world in which we live; to think on your feet and consider issues and events from a wide variety of perspectives.

In the first year, our modules provide an exciting and comprehensive introduction to the key concepts and issues that will help you make sense of International Relations . In the following two years, you can choose from a wide range of specialist modules and have the option of writing a specialised, supervised Dissertation on a topic of your choice. You also get the chance to take our unique and popular teamwork module Researching Politics, and to do an internship at the National Assembly for Wales or a work-placement module.

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including BTEC Diploma DMM; International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,450

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

"My degree is fantastic. I have learnt so much about international relations and developed valuable essay writing skills. The IR Professors are very helpful especially when I need help as English is not my native language. I would say that so far my experience as a student in IR is self-fulfilling and very interesting and Swansea University is the right place to study this course. After graduating, I intend to study an MA in international affairs. My dream would be to work for the UN."

Salma El Hankouri

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

92.9 per cent * of Politics and International Relations Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University  are in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in Politics and International Relations will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, government, research and events management, working for organisations such as:

  • Westminster Forum Projects
  • Labour Party
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Development and Human Rights
  • MA International Relations
  • MA International Security and Development
  • MA Politics
  • MA Public Policy
  • MA War and Society

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of Politics and International Relations. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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