Unless indicated otherwise the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2023.
Modules in the first year
In the first year, the degree offers a package of modules designed to give you a firm foundation for study in the discipline. This lets you discover what interests you most, and helps you develop the knowledge and skills to pursue more specialised, advanced modules in subsequent years.
- Principles of Economics
- Pathways to International Relations Research I
- Pathways to International Relations Research II
- Debates in World Politics I & II
- Introduction to Political Theory
- Understanding International Relations
- Mathematics for economics
Modules in the second year
Your second year of study will also provide you with the opportunity to undertake more specialised study in areas of the subject that interest you. You will be able to choose optional politics modules which will build on the knowledge and skills you have acquired and allow you to tailor your studies in a way that best fits with your interests and future plans.
- International Relations Theory
- Macroeconomics and Microeconomics
You will need to choose 3 optional modules
- Global Governance
- Comparative Politics
- Globalisation, Capitalism and Welfare
- International Political Economy
- International Politics of East Asia
- International Negotiation
- International Relations of the Middle East
- International Security
- Research Design
- Russian Politics: From Revolution to Putin
- Social Research II
- US Politics
Year Abroad option
If you have not applied for the four year, study abroad degree you can still apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world if you have achieved a grade of 2.1. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year.
Modules in the final year
In the final year of your degree, you will write a 10,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice. You will be guided and supported by a supervisor who is an expert in your area of interest. You will also be able to take optional modules.
You will also need to take 4 optional modules from across departments.
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.