You will gain a clear understanding of domestic and international politics and will study organisations such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU). This will help equip you with a solid understanding of the issues involved in international relations and the significance of politics as a global activity.
You will also acquire many useful transferable skills including the ability to research, source and examine information thoroughly, critically analyse evidence and construct coherent arguments in order to present your own strong and cohesive point of view. A major feature of this course is the excellent written and oratory skills you will develop.
Depending on the institution and course arrangements, you may also gain additional skills from work experience carried out on a placement or during a sandwich year.
Politics courses focus on the theory and application of politics, and integrate economic, historical, philosophical and sociological arguments to the debate. You will learn about different political systems and how to interpret political issues and events.
Studying a degree in politics and international relations opens up many career opportunities; as well as political and international roles, many graduates enter other professions such as publishing, journalism, banking and teaching. It also forms a highly suitable foundation for postgraduate study.
Involvement in voluntary organisations, campaigning groups or student societies demonstrates to potential employers that you are committed and determined. Building your profile by volunteering or applying for internships can also give you a competitive advantage - particularly in the international arena.
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