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Politics & International Relations

Liverpool Hope University
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
October 2022

October 2023

October 2024
Politics & International Relations

About this program

Politics & International Relations

The Politics and International Relations degree brings together the broader study of politics and political ideas with the question of how states interact with each other on the global stage. It evaluates the key questions related to transnational issues such as globalization and the environment and the actors engaged in them.

Politics and International Relations is a very dynamic subject, which places a special emphasis on the international and global dimension of politics. In an ever changing world, new challenges are constantly arising – from terrorism and security to climate change and pandemics – and we therefore seek to engage with live issues in the world as they evolve and change over time. We actively encourage debate and discussion amongst our students, encouraging a stronger awareness and appreciation of different points of view.

In doing so, we explore the key ideas, institutions and issues that can help us to understand politics in an international, national and local context. You will be taught by staff who are experts in their field, who will teach you to engage with political research and develop the capacity to be an independent, critically-minded scholar and equip you with transferable skills to take into the world of work.

And study does not just take place in the classroom and the library. We also organise fieldtrips to relevant local, regional and national institutions as well as organising events with guest speakers and practitioners (conditions permitting). Recent visits have included a trips to the UK Parliament, to Brussels, Berlin along with visits and talks from key experts, academics and campaigners.

There are also opportunities available to study abroad as part of our exchange programme and to visit overseas development projects as part of the University’s Global Hope initiative.

Admission requirements

  • A-Levels - BBC
  • UCAS Tariff Points - 112 UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
  • BTEC - DMM
  • Access to HE - 112 Tariff Points
  • IB - 28
  • Irish Leaving Certificate - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
  • Welsh Baccalaureate - This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
  • Subject Requirements - No specific subject requirements

International entry requirements

IELTS - 6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5. We also accept a wide range of International Qualifications.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year One

Introduction to Politics International Relations

Your first year of study introduces you to the key concepts in the study of international relations. You also look at the key concepts, debates and institutions in politics and political analysis.

You will explore the implications and application of political ideas and ideologies, evaluating political institutions and political actors. During your first year, you will also develop the skills and techniques needed for successful undergraduate study, including essay writing, research, and presentation skills.

As part of your first year course you are expected to attend a two-day team-building exercise at our Welsh campus, Plas Caerdeon (conditions permitting).

Year Two

Explorations in Politics and International Relations

In your second year, you look at foreign policy and the developments and challenges of British international relations and the politics of emerging powers and non-powerful states. You also study debating theories and global issues in international relations, exploring global challenges such as climate change and terrorism.

With your tutor’s guidance, you develop your knowledge of the theories and ideas underpinning modern democracy in Europe and the Americas, how it works in practice, and the challenges it faces. You will explore the philosophy and methods of international relations, studying the advantages and pitfalls in selected methodological approaches.

You will develop an understanding of democratic development in Europe and the European Union and the challenges posed by contemporary developments, including economic crisis, migration, and the rise of populism.

Finally, you will analyse key institutions, organisations and issues in British politics today, with a focus on topics such as where does power lie? How fair if the system or representation? What are the implications of Brexit?

Year Three

Advanced Studies in Politics and International Relations

Your final year in International Relations focuses particularly on security, peace and conflict studies. You will also scrutinize and deconstruct the material encountered in the first two years to leave you with a highly nuanced, critical understanding of International Relations. You also explore in-depth core institutions and contemporary issues in US politics, for example changing demographics, gun control and the death penalty. Keeping with the US, you also study the development of the Imperial Presidency as a central institution in American politics and foreign policy from Roosevelt to the present day.

Your third year also provides you with the opportunity to explore the major works of key thinkers in the political theory canon, and engage in-depth with the concept of power and its application to political phenomena, which provides you with the intellectual tools to conduct your own analyses of power through reading, discussion and case studies.

In your final year you will complete a dissertation in the Politics and International Relations area. This is a 10,000 word project. You will receive support from a tutor and have meetings on a one-to-one basis. In the main, this is an autonomous project, but you will receive guidance and feedback about its evolution as the academic year progresses.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Total tuition fee for local/EU students is £9,250.
  • Tuition fee for International/Non-EU students is £12,500.


The study of politics at Liverpool Hope does not just take place in the classroom and the library. Conditions permitting, we also organise fieldtrips to relevant local, regional and national institutions, as well as organising a wide range of events with politicians, campaigners and others.

Career paths

Careers available for Politics and International Relations graduates include those in government, in international organisations and in policy work. There is a demand for teachers with politics skills and knowledge as well. Many firms and companies look for the general skills that a Politics and International Relations degree gives you – such as conducting analysis, preparing reports, constructing arguments and making judgements.

We encourage both teamwork and independent learning, and develop your communication skills throughout the three years of study. Many students move on to postgraduate Masters programmes and research degrees. We have graduate students who work in parliament in the field of communications, with the civil service and with the NHS and with voluntary bodies. In recent years, we have had students who have gone to work in the field of law, with think tanks and in journalism. We also have students who have entered politics and have contested and won council seats.

Current postgraduate courses offered by Liverpool Hope include:

  • MA Politics and International Relations

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Liverpool Hope University

With a history extending 175 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a strong tradition of scholarship and research in key disciplines. The University places emphasis on bringing together research excellence and top-quality teaching. This research-informed teaching enables our students to develop...

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Why study at Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University is a vibrant community of scholars, students and support staff. We are proud of our past, confident in our present and ambitious for our future.

With a history extending over 175 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a distinctive ethos that brings together scholarship, research and teaching.

Just one in five UK Higher Education providers achieved the gold standard, which measures excellence in teaching quality, learning environment, and student outcomes - the extent to which all students achieve their educational and professional goals. The city of Liverpool is a wonderful place to study. With a rich culture and heritage and an International airport on the doorstep, why study anywhere else?

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Hope Park Campus
L16 9JD Liverpool
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