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BSc Politics and International Relations

University of Bristol
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
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Program description

BSc Politics and International Relations

Bristol has an impressive reputation for teaching and research in politics and international relations and this course offers an enriching experience with exciting intellectual challenges.

You will study the politics of individual countries and governments and the relationships between states, communities and individuals.

The first year includes four compulsory units to ensure a solid grounding in the discipline. You will have greater choice as you progress through the course. The final year provides an exceptional range of units based on staff research interests, including political theory, international relations, UK politics, US politics, development studies and gender.

We emphasise research skills, with a compulsory unit in the first year and a dissertation in the final year. The dissertation enables you to conduct a piece of supervised political research on a topic of your choice.

Admission requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following

A-level Standard offer

AAAincluding an essay-based subject

A-level Contextual offer

ABBincluding an essay-based subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma Standard offer

36points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in an essay-based subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma Contextual offer

32points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in an essay-based subject

Cambridge Pre-U offer

Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, and M3 is C.

Access to HE Diploma offer

Access to HE Diploma in Humanities, Humanities and Social Sciences, or Literary Studies. The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include:

  • at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above; and
  • at least 12 credits at Distinction in essay-based subjects.

BTEC offer

DDDin a relevant subject

Scottish Qualifications Authority offer

Advanced Higher: AA including an essay-based subject, and Standard Higher: AAAAB

Welsh Baccalaureate offer

Requirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.

European Baccalaureate offer

85% overall, with 8.5 in an essay-based subject

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Program content

Year 1


  • Thinking Politically
  • Political Concepts
  • Theories of International Relations
  • Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction


  • Issues in World Politics
  • The Politics of the Global South

Year 2


  • Investigating Society (Politics)


  • Conducting a Research Project using secondary data
  • Contemporary International Relations
  • NGO Development & Practice
  • Understanding Genocide
  • Russian Politics
  • The History of Western Political Thought
  • Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in South Asia
  • Global Justice
  • Governing Through Insecurity: Institutions and Issues in Contemporary Security Governance
  • Modern British Government and Politics
  • Rational Choice
  • Development Studies
  • Co-operation and Integration In Europe
  • Democracy and US Government
  • The Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Contemporary Political Theory
  • Power Politics and International Relations of East Asia
  • Principles of Quantitative Social Science
  • New Developments in International Relations Theory
  • State and Non-State Violence in Latin America
  • The Politics of the Environment

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £20,100 per year
  • International students: £20,100 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year

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University of Bristol

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University of Bristol

Tyndall Avenue
BS8 1TH Bristol

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