1. UCAS code:
    L254
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 93% Graduate Employment

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.    

Employability and Careers

The future is bright for Arts and Humanities students!

Arts and Humanities graduates make an invaluable and irreplaceable contribution to the economy and are crucial in supporting world-leading creative industries sectors. Our graduates are employed in diverse and dynamic vocations such as marketing, sales and advertising; commercial, industrial and public sectors; education; business, law and finance; art, design and culture; journalism, media and PR; creative and professional writing; sport; social and welfare professions; heritage and tourism; government and politics; foreign affairs and diplomatic corps; humanitarian organisations; teaching English as a foreign language and some are employed as translators. Some graduates go on to study Masters and PhD degrees and many PhD graduates have a career in Academia.

In addition to the transferable skills you develop through study and the curriculum, the College offers various employability opportunities and initiatives.

Have a look at our Employability and Careers booklet:  Employability and Careers Brochure

Key Features

  • A UNIQUE STUDY EXPERIENCE IN THE UK! New students who are admitted to our BA programmes will be offered Centenary Graduate Scholarships. The Excellence and Merit scholarships will be available to EU, UK and International students who have completed a full-time three or four year BA programme, achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme in the College.
  • BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee Excellence scholarship for the MA year.
  • BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a Merit scholarship and pay £1,000 fees for the MA year.
  • Students can study Politics modules.
  • Students can have a semester abroad in Europe, Hong Kong or the USA.
  • 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.  
  • ‘Internship Module’ is a Level 3 module, open to International Relations students. The internships are for 100 hours and are offered across a diverse range of sectors: local government, the media, the third sector e.g. National Botanic Garden of Wales, Swansea Evening Post, South West Wales Media, Computeraid Wales, Environment Centre Swansea, The Wave and Swansea Sound Radio, Geraint Davies MP Constituency, Sian James MP Constituency Labour South Wales West, Swansea University Sustainability,  Swansea Council and Swansea Youth Offending Service.
  • Students have a personal tutor for pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PO-118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
PO-119Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Politics and the People
PO-125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20What is Politics and International Relations?
Optional Modules
AND
Elective Modules

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AHT100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cymdeithas Cymru Gyfoes
AM-111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The American Experience 1492-2000
AM-112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Contours of American Politics
AM-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to American Literature and Culture
CLC101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Of Gods and Heroes - Greek Mythology
CLC102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ovids Metamorphoses. The Transformations of Mythology
CLE112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Egyptian Language 1
CLE113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Egyptian Language 2
CLE120Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to ancient Egyptian history and civilisation 1
CLE121Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Egyptian History and Civilisation 2
CLG101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Greek Language I
CLG102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Greek Language II
CLG105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) IGCSE or equivalent required
CLG106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) IIMust be taken with CLG105
CLG125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 1)A-level or equivalent required
CLG126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 1)Must be taken with CLG125
CLH111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Classical Athens
CLH112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Augustan Rome
CLL101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Latin Language IIMust be taken with CLL101
CLL105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) IGCSE or equivalent required
CLL106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) IIMust be taken with CLL105
CLL125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 1)A-level or equivalent required
CLL126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 1)Must be taken with CLE125
CY-108Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sgiliau Cyflwyno a Chyfathrebu
CY-111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Golwg Ar Gymru
CY-116Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Iaith: Cyflwyno
CY-118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Testun a Chyd-destun
CY-130Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cyflwyno'r Seiliau
CY-131Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cymraeg Ysgrifenedig
CY-132Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cadarnhau'r Seiliau
CY-135Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Llenyddiaeth Gyfoes
CY-136Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Beirniadol
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
EN-100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Monsters, Theories, Transformations
EN-112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Approaches to Gender in English Literature
EN-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Literature and Society in Medieval Europe.
EN-114Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Voices of Poetry
EN-117Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Creative Writing: Fiction Genres
EN-118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Creative Writing: Styles of Fiction
EN-119Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Stage Play World
HUA101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theories of War
HUA102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Warfare in the Modern World
HUP100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Fundamental Questions of Philosophy
HUP101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ethics, Justice, and Society
ML-102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern European Film: Themes and Perspectives
ML-104WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hanes a Diwylliant Ewropeaidd
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLA150Stage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)10Languages for All - Arabic 3
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4
MLE100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern European Fiction: Texts and Contexts
MLF100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (A)
MLF100AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrangeg (A)
MLF100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (B)
MLF100BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrengig (B)
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb - Ffrangeg 1 (cyfrwng Cymraeg)
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLF141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb - Ffrangeg 2 (cyfrwng Cymraeg)
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLG100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (A) - 1871 to 1945
MLG100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (B) - Since 1945
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLG150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 3
MLG151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 4
MLI100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Italian Culture (A)
MLI100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Italian Culture (B)
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLS100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Hispanic Culture (A)
MLS100AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Ysbaeneg (A)
MLS100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Hispanic Culture (B)
MLS100BWStage 2 (Mar - Jun Professional Development)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Ysbaenig (B)
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 1 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 2 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4
MS-106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Welsh Society
MS-120Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Media History
MSP100RSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Public Relations: Strategic Communications
MSS106Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Hollywood: A History of American Film
MSW101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Datblygiad Ffilm a Sinema
MSW104Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cyfryngau Ddoe a Heddiw
MSW106Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus: Cyfathrebu Strategol
MSW123Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sgiliau Cyfryngau Allweddol
PO-118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
PO-119Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Politics and the People
PO-125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20What is Politics and International Relations?

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PO-203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Anarchy and Order: Issues in World Politics
PO-222Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Globalisation
PO-232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Empire Strikes Back: American Security Policy in the Post-Cold War Era
Optional Modules

Choose Maximum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Issues in American Politics
AM-240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Paradox of Power: American Foreign Policy
AM-245Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20John F. Kennedy and America
HUA203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Digital War
HUA206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Wars and Conflicts
HUP201Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fundamental Issues in Moral and Political Philosophy
HUP202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Founders of Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant
MS-200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theorising the Media
PO-209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The State and Political Institutions
PO-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Global Political Economy: From Mercantilism to Neoliberalism
PO-234Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Elections and Voting
PO-237Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Latin American Politics through Film
PO-238Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Normative Models of Democracy: Contemporary Perspectives
PO-256Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Genocide
PO-281Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20British Politics and Public Policy
AND
COAH Electives

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AHT200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Profiad Gwaith
AM-200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Crime Story: American Hard-Boiled Fiction and Film Noir
AM-204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Race and Ethnicity: American Perspectives
AM-213Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Topics in American Studies II:
AM-215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20American Word/American Image
AM-217Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Making of Transatlantic America
AM-218Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Re-Thinking the South: Southern Culture and History, 1865-1955
AM-231Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20African America
AM-232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Issues in American Politics
AM-240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Paradox of Power: American Foreign Policy
AM-245Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20John F. Kennedy and America
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
CY-210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sgiliau Iaith: Cadarnhau
CY-212Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Clasuron Llenyddiaeth Gymraeg
CY-213Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Llenyddiaeth Ddiweddar
CY-215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cymru a'i Sefydliadau
CY-222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Gweithio mewn dwy iaith
CY-280Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Iaith: Ymarfer
CY-281Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cymraeg Proffesiynol
EN-204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction
EN-232Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Writing Poetry
EN-234Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Writing Fiction
EN-236Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Writing Drama
HIH235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Golden Age of Iberia, 1450-1700
HIH267Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of the Mass Media in the United Kingdom
HUA203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Digital War
HUA206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Wars and Conflicts
HUP201Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fundamental Issues in Moral and Political Philosophy
HUP202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Founders of Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant
ML-227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)
ML-242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Fascisms
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLA150Stage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)10Languages for All - Arabic 3
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4
MLC235ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2A
MLC235BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2B
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb - Ffrangeg 1 (cyfrwng Cymraeg)
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLF141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb - Ffrangeg 2 (cyfrwng Cymraeg)
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLF226ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French Cinema Since World War II
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLG150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 3
MLG151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 4
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 1 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 2 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4
MS-200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theorising the Media
MS-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Digital Media
MSP200RSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Public Relations Theory
MSP201RSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Digital Public Relations Practice
MSS202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of Screen Animation
MSW200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sgiliau Cyfryngau Ymarferol
MSW202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Y Cyfryngau a Chymdeithas
MSW205Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Creu a Chyflwyno Testunau
MSW206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Drama a Dogfen ar y sgrîn
MSW207Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cyfathrebu Digidol
MSW208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theori Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus
PO-209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The State and Political Institutions
PO-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Global Political Economy: From Mercantilism to Neoliberalism
PO-234Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Elections and Voting
PO-237Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Latin American Politics through Film
PO-238Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Normative Models of Democracy: Contemporary Perspectives
PO-256Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Genocide
PO-281Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20British Politics and Public Policy

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PO-395Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Dissertation (PO-325)
PO-396Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Researching Politics 1
PO-397Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching Politics 2 (PO-327)
Optional Modules
Dissertation

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

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

Choose Maximum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must take 60 credits in each teaching block *Students who choose POA301 must also take PO-3121

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Power and Protest in American Political Culture
AM-330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20America and the Bomb
AM-331Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The American Presidency: Leadership and Power
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 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art and Cinema
HUP301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Religion, Science, and Superstition
HUP304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Philosophy and the Social Sciences
MS-302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media, Gender and Sexuality
PO-3110Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Visions of Democracy
PO-3117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Politics and International Development
PO-3118Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Political and Cultural Studies Internship
PO-3119Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Quantitative approaches to political and social analysis
PO-3121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Parliamentary Studies
PO-345Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Political Economy: Competing Perspectives on Global Capitalism
PO-392Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Security
POA301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Dissertation in Parliamentary Studies
AND
COAH Electives

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Power and Protest in American Political Culture
AM-3123Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20American Slavery: History and Culture, 1619-1865
AM-330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20America and the Bomb
AM-331Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The American Presidency: Leadership and Power
AM-333Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20African American Literature 1910-1940: The Harlem Renaissance
AM-335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The American Civil War in History and Memory
AM-337Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20"A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall": America in the 1960s
CY-325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cymru a'i Sefydliadau
CY-329Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ysgrifennu Creadigol
CY-335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cyfieithu
CY-338Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cerddi'r Ugeinfed Ganrif
CY-346Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beirdd a Thywysogion
CY-351Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Iaith: Meistroli
EN-3014Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Fiction Writing
EN-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Dramatic Writing
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
EN-319Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Poetry Writing
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 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art and Cinema
HUP301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Religion, Science, and Superstition
HUP304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Philosophy and the Social Sciences
MLC335ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 3A
MLC335BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 3B
MS-302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media, Gender and Sexuality
MS-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Digital Media in Context
MS-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Online Journalism
MS-332Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Drama and Documentary on Screen
MSP300RSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Strategy, Marketing and Branding
MSW302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Drama a Dogfen ar y sgrîn
MSW304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith a'r Cyfryngau
MSW305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20CYNHYRCHU DIGIDOL
MSW306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Strategaeth, Brandio a Marchnata
MSW308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cyfathrebu Corfforaethol
PO-3110Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Visions of Democracy
PO-3117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Politics and International Development
PO-3119Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Quantitative approaches to political and social analysis
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

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement.

For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. Candidates studying for American qualifications should have a minimum of 550 in each part of the SAT reasoning and subject tests (or 1650 overall). We require a minimum IELT score of 6.0.

Have a look at our Country pages for International qualifications.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2015/16 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA Full-time £9,000 £12,500

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

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

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

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.

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