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  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    What will I experience?

    On this course you can:

    • Engage with and evaluate current critical debates
    • Shape the course to your interests with a range of options, and choose to 'major' in either half of your degree
    • Undertake work or research placements, volunteer roles and internships alongside your study

    What opportunities might it lead to?

    You will be given the opportunity to practise and develop various skills such as team working, time and project management, presentational skills and skills of analysis and argument. These skills open up a range of careers for graduates studying this degree.
    As a result, many of our graduates go into areas related to the degree such as teaching or lecturing, research, voluntary organisations and NGOs, as well as local, national and international government and politics. Others enter areas such as advertising and marketing, PR, the media, banking and financial services, and personnel management.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Tuition fee Not specified Start date September 2015 Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Year one

    All year one units are compulsory.

    • Introduction to Political Thought
    • Understanding Governance and Politics
    • Introduction to Political Economy
    • Introduction to International Relations: States, Conflict and Cooperation
    • Current Political Issues
    • Global Issues

    Year two

    Alongside year two's core study, you are able to select options that shape your degree to the issues or countries that most interest you.

    • Comparative Politics
    • International Politics

    Options chosen from a range including:

    • Comparing Extremism in European Liberal Democracies
    • Conflict and Disaster
    • Culture and Ideas in Twentieth Century Europe
    • Global Environmental Issues and Concerns
    • International Relations Theory
    • International Politics of the Middle East
    • Policy and Politics - Analysing Public Policy
    • US Foreign Policy: Ideals and Self Interest
    • Key Issues in Development
    • Democratisation of Latin America
    • Nation, Language and Identity
    • Colonialism and the End of Empire: France & Algeria
    • US Government and Politics
    • American Civil War
    • International Community Development
    • Languages (University Wide Option)
    • Learning from Experience (Faculty Wide Option)

    Year three*

    In year three, you will write your dissertation, or undertake a work-based project, alongside further core study.

    • Dissertation / Project
    • Global Political Economy
    • Modern Political Ideologies
    • Democracy and Democratisation
    • Strategic and Security Studies

    *Please note that whilst a wide range of options will be offered in every year, there will inevitably be some variation in the availability of individual units at any given time.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 75(Grade B)

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    240-300 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

    English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Portsmouth.

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