Why study politics and international relations?
We live in an increasingly complex and interconnected world, where local issues are closely linked to global processes. In this changing context, politics impacts our lives in multiple ways. Our course focuses on the connection between politics and international relations and aims to analyse and address political challenges on local, national, and global levels.
You can expect to gain a unique set of skills on this course, which can lead you to exciting career opportunities, both inside and outside the political world.
Why UWE Bristol?
BA(Hons) Politics and International Relations at UWE Bristol is an exciting course, focused on delivering high-quality, practice-based teaching and an outstanding student experience, informed by academic research. We offer you a wide range of modules, covering topics such as human rights, gender and sexuality, ethics, race, religion, foreign policy, international security, and public policy. These modules are delivered with a strong emphasis on applying theoretical knowledge to practical solutions to local, national, and global challenges.
Our experienced and dedicated teaching team is passionate about our subjects and bring them alive through our teaching. You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, workshops, and hands-on activities, for example role plays, debates, and policy analysis, all supported by state-of-the-art technology. We design our classes to strengthen your academic, writing, and presentation skills, including activities that will develop your ability to think both independently and critically.
We have embedded practice-orientated learning at all levels of the course. You’ll get involved in activities such as live briefs, simulation exercises, and conflict resolution games, and where possible, we will also offer many opportunities for you to engage in workplace learning through placements. By the end of the course, you will have developed the skills and knowledge to understand and engage with political questions and current affairs.
We have created an active learning community where students and academic staff exchange ideas in research seminars, roundtable events, and guest lectures. Regular events where possible, also include field trips and careers sessions and including ‚meet-the-employer’ opportunities with speakers from the Civil Service, NGOs and local and international businesses. These events give you a clear view how politics is researched and practiced and will inspire you to apply the skills you’ve gained in your degree.
Where can it take me?
Politics and International Relations graduates are in demand across a wide range of professions and many of our graduates have secured employment in government, the civil service, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), accountancy, human resources, media and journalism.
Many of our graduates also choose to deepen their skills and knowledge and get involved in research or education, or specialise further with postgraduate study.