BA International Relations (with French) with a Year Abroad

2018 Clearing and Adjustment Availability

We expect to have a limited number of places available for Late, Clearing and Adjustment applicants for 2018 on a range of programmes.  Entry requirements might vary from those shown below.  For information on vacancies and applying late or through Clearing or Adjustment, visit our dedicated 2018 Clearing and Adjustment pages

Course Overview

Be an influencer and join us to study globalization and global institutions, development and human rights, international and regional politics, peace and conflict, and political economy. Study French language, culture, fiction and also vocational themes in translation and language teaching.

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

  • International Relations is ranked Top-10 for teaching experience (Times and Sunday Times 2018), Top-20 in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and Top-20 for career prospects (Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • In addition to the themes above, you will have a wide variety of modules including democracy, international development, politics, philosophy, and war studies - conflict and peace
  • You will be taught by Modern Languages research and teaching experts who specialize in language, film, gender studies, medieval and early modern literature, theatre studies and translation
  • You will have a year abroad in France where you can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business
  • You will have an academic mentor who will provide you with pastoral and academic support.
  • Guest speakers will offer workshops and seminars as part of our programme
  • 91% of Graduates are employed or in further study within 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
  • Our Graduates are truly international and are employed all around the world. They have careers in education, government and politics, humanitarian organisation, business, media and public relations, law and public services. Salary scale - £20,000-£42,000
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  • Welsh medium modules are available
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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
AND
French Language Compulsory Selective 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students take 40 credits in their chosen language at the appropriate level. Students should choose either English or Welsh-medium modules in the case of French and Spanish

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French Language 1A
MLF160AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 1A
MLF160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French Language 1B
MLF160BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 1B
OR
French Beginner 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French for Beginners I
MLF101WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr I
MLF102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French for Beginners II

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
AND
French Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students select 40 credits from below OR 40 credits from the INTERMEDIATE level box (English or Welsh Medium modules as appropriate)

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French Translation Workshop 2
MLF210WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Gweithdy Cyfieithu
MLF260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French Language 2A
MLF260AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 2A
MLF260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French Language 2B
MLF260BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Ffrangeg 2B
OR
French Intermediate 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate French Language 2A
MLF270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg Canolradd 2A
MLF270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate French Language 2B

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

FHEQ 5 Sandwich Year

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 120 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions /work as a teaching assistance, increase language skills and to experience different cultures.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-R00Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Year Abroad (Languages, Translation and Interpreting)

Year 4 (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 Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

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

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must take 60 credits in each teaching block

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-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-3121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Parliamentary Studies
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
POA301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Dissertation in Parliamentary StudiesAlternative to PO-395/PO-3000 for students who have taken PO-3121
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Description

Designed for both UK/EU and international students, our programme covers war and peace, conflict and cooperation, wealth and poverty, power and change, and the understanding patterns of behaviour between the actors in the world. You will study the rich diversity of French language, culture, film, literature, history, translation and language teaching.  The year abroad enhances your study and career prospects.

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB at A Level (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent. Students should also have a B grade at GCSE in a relevant language. 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.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

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


“Swansea University is a wonderful environment for high level study. The University is beautifully situated and is investing heavily for the future.  Studying a foreign language opens the door to a whole world of new possibilities, and their value in the job market shouldn't be underestimated.”

Sophie Williams

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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