BA International Relations (with German) (4 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    L2R2
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 93% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

The BA International Relations with German provides students with a detailed understanding of the international system, key issues, language skills and an appreciation of the global dynamics at work.

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 students have the option of studying Politics modules.
  • During the third year, students spend a year abroad and can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business.
  • The ‘National Assembly for Wales Internship’ (PO3000) is a Level 3 module open to International Relations students. The students work for an AM at the National Assembly in Cardiff for one day per week for a semester.  
  • During the third year of study, students spend a year abroad in Germany. Students can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business during the year abroad in Germany.
  • Our German modules combine intensive language tuition with optional modules relating to a wide variety of aspects of society and culture in the German-speaking world.
  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 4 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MLG301ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German General Language 3A
MLG301BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German General Language 3B
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
German Module 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : If you select MLG310C you must also do MLG350.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
MLG300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vienna Underground: Subterranean Views of a Twentieth-Century City
MLG306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)0German Poetry Lab: From Minnesang to Modernity
MLG310CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Translation Workshop (German/English)Students selecting this module must also take MLG350
MLG343Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Power and the Personal: Shifting Identities in Modern German Culture
MLG344Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Cinema in the New Millennium
MLG350Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 3
AND
International Relations Module 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

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
AM-338Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Clear and Present Danger: Terrorism and America
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
HUA309Semester 1 (Sep-Jan 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-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-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 Studies

Description

Students study six modules, three in International Relations and three in German.

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offer for UK applicants is BBB-BBC at A-level, including a B in a Modern Language. 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. We require a minimum IELT 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 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,650

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

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


"I spent the third year of my German Studies degree at Swansea University doing a 10-month internship at the Siemens translation department in Munich. Moving to a different country to work in a German environment was a big step and quite a challenge, but it was reassuring to know that the team of lecturers at Swansea were behind me. The internship was a great experience and one that I am very grateful for, as it opened the door for me after I graduated, when Siemens took me on as a full-time Translation Manager. I moved permanently to Munich and have worked at Siemens ever since. Thanks to the longstanding relationship between the Swansea German Department and Siemens Sprachendienst, I have had the opportunity to welcome quite a few Swansea undergraduates who also chose to do their internship at Siemens in Munich – they always keep me up-to-date with the latest news from Swansea!"

Ula Mitchell


 

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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