Politics and International Relations
Studying politics and international relations at The University of Nottingham provides you with a firm foundation for your future career. Politics as a subject is valued by employers in many sectors and our graduates do well in the graduate job market.
93.6% of graduates* leaving politics and international relations courses in the 2016/17 academic year secured work or further study within six months of graduating.
Continuing to a higher degree is a popular option and our graduates are very successful in accessing taught and research opportunities, in areas related to their academic, personal and career interests.
*UK full-time first degree graduates seeking employment or further study.
What skills will I gain during my degree?
In addition to your subject knowledge your politics/international relations degree equips you with key skills valued by employers:
- reflection, critical reasoning and analytical abilities
- creative thinking and intellectual rigour
- self motivation and reliance
- professional communication skills – able to construct and present cogent and persuasive arguments
- strong written and verbal communication skills
- team skills, collaborating effectively with others
- digital capabilities and effective research skills
If you choose the Q-Step programme you will also develop excellent quantitative analysis and research skills.
What are my career options?
Approximately one third of large recruiter opportunities are filled by graduates who have already worked for the organisations through internships or placements.
Gaining relevant experience during studies has an increasing impact on a graduates' success in the recruitment process. Our graduates continued to be successful in sourcing professional, well-paid positions in major companies and organisations.
The table below lists a range of employers where our politics and international relations are now working.
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Our graduates secured professional positions across a diverse range of employment sectors, but the key sectors of employment for our graduates are:
- public sector administration
- accountancy and financial management
- public relations and political lobbying
- political and social science research
- marketing and sales management
- human resource management