School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Politics and International Relations

BA (Hons) Part-time 3 years, Full-time 3 years

Why choose this course?

The Politics and International Relations award at Wolverhampton offers students an opportunity to study a wide range of important topics shaping the future of our world today.

You will be taught in an innovative and supportive environment by experienced and accredited tutors who are active researchers in their field, and who have a proven research and publications record.

We offer a curriculum which delivers the core elements of both Politics and International Relations, but has designed-in flexibility that provides you with space to study particular themes and issues that interest you.

During your time with us you will not only develop key subject-specific skills geared towards academic achievement, but also a range of transferable skills which will enhance your future employability.

Our course is designed to enable your personal development as a Global Citizen capable of making a difference in today’s interconnected and globalized world.

What happens on the course?

Politics is about making a difference, but in today’s world some of the most important issues we face – examples might include climate change, terrorism, sustainable development, international crime, and migration - require citizens, states, regional and international organisations to work together to find viable solutions. The study of Politics and International Relations at Wolverhampton explores not only the ways in which politicians, parties, organisations and institutions interact in their attempts to solve international problems, but also what role we as citizens in a globalised world may play in tackling these issues.

To assist you in studying these issues, we provide a learning environment that combines digital spaces with in-class, face-to-face teaching in the form of lectures, seminars, workshops and individual tutorials. In these activities, and in the assessed work you produce for us, you will develop your ability to gather, interpret, evaluate and think critically about a range of sources. You will also refine your ability to communicate your findings using a variety of media in writing, verbally and visually. These skills are not only essential for your academic work, but are also much in demand in the world of graduate employment.

Our course, which has been designed in line with the Wolverhampton Framework for Course Design and the Wolverhampton Inclusive Framework, actively encourages you to explore Politics and International Relations not only as an academic subject, but as one that aims to enhance your understanding of the possibilities for shaping solutions to international problems, not just at the political level, but also in your individual capacity as a Global Citizen. To this end, we will encourage you to develop your own specific interests in relation to political issues in international space, pursuing these through case studies and self-directed research tasks, to become a confident and independent researcher prepared for either graduate employment or Post-graduate work, should you choose to continue your studies at Masters level.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The skills and personal qualities developed during this course are valuable to employers in both the public and private sectors and graduates will find employment in fields such as public administration, local and national Government, advocacy (e.g. non-governmental organisations such as think tanks, charities etc.) as well as the communications sector such as marketing, public relations, media and journalism.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to identify and critically compare different concepts, theories and methodologies employed in the study of both Politics and International Relations and relate these to actual case studies drawn from IR
  • Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the generic transferable and subject-specific skills used in the study of Politics and International Relations and exercise critical judgement in their deployment
  • Clearly articulate a critical understanding of the relevance of political institutions at local, national, regional and international level to the origins, framing and attempted resolution of a range of contemporary political issues and of the strengths and limitations of these institutions
  • Identify and critically evaluate the role of a variety of political and non-political actors (e.g. parties, pressure groups, lobby groups, activist movements, and citizens) in relation to the shaping of problems and solutions in the fields of Politics and International Relations and of the strengths and limitations of these actors
  • Demonstrate an ability to employ appropriate technologies in relation to a range of platforms in digitally literate, enterprising and creative ways to support research, process data and produce written work and presentational material to a high quality
  • Develop and refine your understanding of your own role and ethical responsibilities as an active Global Citizen in relation to a variety of practical political policy issues at local, national, regional and international level

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

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Other Requirements

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see for further information.

Contextual Offers

The university recognises that many students have additional barriers in progression to university, whether this be through disability, as a care leaver, from an area of deprivation or another factor. The university wishes to provide additional support for these students through the contextual offer scheme. If you are eligible, the University will apply a contextual Admissions decision, in the form of a reduced offer letter by up to two grades or 16 UCAS tariff points. Find out more.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to pay.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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