Our rich choice of courses will give you a rounded perspective on different political systems, ideologies and policies.
As you study, you develop the intellectual, communication and analytical skills employers value. Possible careers run from commerce and industry to the civil service, journalism, law and teaching – plus politics itself, in both research and representative capacities. Other career options include diplomacy/Foreign Service, international organisations such as the U.N. and the third sector.
We have a particularly strong profile in international politics and offer a range of modules in this area. You can choose the Politics (International Politics) degree, which differs from the Politics degree in focusing almost entirely on international relations and area studies in the last two years. Other opportunities at Stirling include spending a semester abroad, through our exchange programme with the universities in Australia, Canada Hong Kong, Japan, Poland, Sweden and the United States.
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
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If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.
INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences to the required standard provides guaranteed progression to this degree.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
More information on our English language requirements
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 11,845.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 12,140.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£9250 – with a generous package of scholarship options|
From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for overseas undergraduates will be held at the level upon entry.
Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
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You will take Politics plus two other subjects in Years 1 and 2. With the exception of semester 4, where you will take two politics modules with one other subject.
In Semesters 1 - 3 you will take the following modules:
In Semester 4 you take the following modules:
In Semesters 5 - 8 you will choose from a broad range of advanced (level 10) modules including:
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(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.)
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
January entry also available - see semester dates
The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.
Students can take part in University-wide exchanges involving universities in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and the USA. Politics has also developed an Erasmus exchange programme with the departments of Politics at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and Collegium Civitas in Poland. Students who have met the grade requirements and passed the interview could spend their sixth semester in abroad.
"Politics and International Politics were broadly similar courses until the beginning of 3rd year -and I was in two minds as to which I’d like to actually graduate in. That was the beauty of Stirling’s flexible programmes. If through 2nd year I’d have discovered my passions lay more on the international plane, I’d already have completed the requisite modules to complete that transition. Likewise, by sticking with Politics more broadly, I was still able to satisfy my curiosity for more internationally orientated studies. I had the immense pleasure of working and learning alongside some true experts in their field; doctors, professors, world-leading researchers and experts who, by the strength of their dedication and character, were able to pass on some of their knowledge to their students."
Jamie Grant, BA (Hons) Politics, Graduated 2017
Studying politics develops specific subject knowledge of how different political systems work and how to interpret political issues and events.
Politics graduates develop a clear understanding of domestic and international politics, as well as how organisations such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU), operate. This provides you with a solid understanding of the issues involved in international relations and the significance of politics as a global activity.
A degree in politics also develops many useful transferable skills including:
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As part of this degree you will:
*Modules are subject to availability
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We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the graduate attributes required by employers. We have a dedicated Faculty Employability and Skills Officer and a Career and Employability Service who work in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience and are given the right opportunities to make you ready for the world of work.
Our alumni go into a range of careers but some have lead and shaped the world of politics including:
From social and political research to journalism, marketing and HR, a degree in politics and international relations opens up a broad range of career opportunities.
Jobs directly related to degree include:
Jobs where degree would be useful include:
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict research to the jobs listed here.
Politics and international relations graduates are typically employed by:
They are also employed by a range of commercial businesses, particularly within marketing departments.
Other employers include the United Nations (UN), the European Commission, the Civil Service, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), lobbying, campaigning, and voluntary organisations and the public sector in general.
Before and during your degree you are encouraged to consider volunteering for:
Campaigning organisations or pressure groups and UK-based charities with an international presence are particularly suitable for those wishing to pursue an international career. During your degree, internships are recommended to gain experience and network in your chosen area of work.