Politics and International Relations BA

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

September 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 24,081

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Our Politics and International Relations BA provides you with an understanding of the exercise of power at both the national and international levels and the relationship between the two. You will gain a thorough grounding in the study of both politics and international relations as you will be taught by staff with expertise from all areas of the discipline.
  • Politics has been taught at Leicester since the 1940s and we have always been at the cutting edge of British political science – we aim to fire your intellectual curiosity about the politics of the world. As well as examining the workings of political systems in Britain and other states, you will explore some of the most important and interesting issues in politics: Who holds power and why? Is there a crisis of political participation? What are the appropriate limits to individual liberty? Is globalisation a positive process? When is war just?
  • Our lecturers produce internationally renowned, cutting-edge research, and are keen to share their knowledge. During your time with us, we will encourage you to focus your studies on your own areas of interest. All our degrees offer a wide range of exciting module choices – and as our lecturers have such diverse interests, you will receive enthusiastic support and guidance for whichever area you choose.
  • Employabilty is embedded into our degrees and we have designed modules that will ensure you are well equipped to secure graduate roles or places on postgraduate courses. The popularity of Politics at degree level also reflects the value of the transferable skills students gain. The ability to analyse complex issues and reach reasoned conclusions, to present coherent arguments in written and oral form, to engage in independent research, and work effectively as a member of a team are skills highly valued by employers. Job prospects are excellent, with 98% of our Politics and International Relations students in employment or further study, six months after graduating.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2022

Entry requirements

  • A/AS Levels: ABB-BBB. All subjects accepted. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB-BBC EPQ at grade B.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 25 credits at Distinction. 
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points overall.
  • BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDM. 
  • Other national and international qualifications considered.
  • Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
  • Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the University.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

Core modules

  • Politics, Power and Ethics
  • Political Concepts

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Introduction to American Government and Politics
  • Key Concepts in International Relations
  • The Global Cold War: International Relations 1945-1989

Plus choose two option modules from:

  • Comparative European Politics
  • Order and Disorder: International Relations from 1989 to the Present
  • Power in the World Economy

Year 2

Core modules

  • Political Analysis 1: Understanding Political Science Research
  • International Theory
  • Political Analysis 2: Preparing for your Dissertation

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Political Ideas
  • Political Parties in Contemporary Britain
  • Sex and Gender in Global Politics
  • The Making of Contemporary US Foreign Policy
  • Politics of the Global South

Then choose three option modules from:

  • European Union Politics
  • International Security Studies
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Latin American Politics
  • Governing Societies in Conflict
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy: Theories of Justice

Final Year


Choose three option modules from:

  • Feminism
  • The American Presidency
  • The Politics of War and Peace: Northern Ireland After 1972
  • Parliamentary Studies
  • Brexit and British Politics
  • The Politics of Intelligence
  • The Politics of Nuclear Weapons
  • The Politics of Contemporary British Foreign Policy
  • Climate Change: Ethics, Issues, Justice
  • Politics of the International Drug Trade
  • International Migration in the Age of Securitisation
  • Corruption, Informality and Scandals
  • Emotions in Conflict and Cooperation
  • Comparative Public Opinion

Then choose two option modules from:

  • Politics and the Environment
  • The Conservatives: Crisis and Recovery
  • American Political Development
  • The Changing Character of War
  • Global Justice and Human Rights
  • The Politics of Slavery
  • Political Legacies of Conflict in Northern Ireland
  • Political Participation in Britain
  • Democracy and EU Membership in Post-Communist Europe
  • Politics and War in Outer Space
  • Gender, Race and War
  • Strategy and International Security
  • Plus your Dissertation

Year Abroad (optional)

  • If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.
  • UK and EU Students 
  • Starting in 2021 
  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year. 
  • Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

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