What is Politics and International Relations?
What triggers wars between nations, and how can lasting peace be achieved? How can governments balance immigration with human rights and ethical considerations? How is counter-terrorism developing in the face of ever-changing threats? Discover the answers to these questions and more on our politics and international relations degrees.
You could also gain a different perspective on the world’s most fundamental political issues by studying abroad in locations such as Australia, Switzerland and the USA. We also offer a work placement module so you can apply your knowledge in a real-world setting and enhance your CV.
How will I study?
Our staff have international reputations for research excellence, publishing numerous books and articles every year. Their teaching has been officially recognised, winning student-nominated awards as well as national accolades. This includes 13 National Teaching Awards from the Higher Education Academy, and three prizes for innovative teaching from the Political Science Association.
As well as lectures and seminars, our staff employ a range of teaching techniques, including presentations, films and simulations. We also offer online resources, providing round-the-clock access to teaching and learning materials. Some modules include visits to places like the Houses of Parliament and the Imperial War Museum.
Our graduates have excellent career prospects in government and beyond. Each year we run workshops for students interested in a political career, but many others go on to secure roles in broadcasting, management, marketing and teaching. Recent graduate destinations include House of Commons, BBC and Citibank.
You can study a career skills module specifically designed for politics students as part of the Nottingham Advantage Award. We also offer a range of placement opportunities with local and national employers. Our accredited Politics Placement module includes a guaranteed placement lasting up to 12 weeks and is an option in your second year.
82.9% of undergraduates from the School of Politics and International Relations secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £26,736.*
* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020, using methodology set by The Guardian. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.
On our courses, you can apply to study abroad for a semester or full year at the University’s campuses in China or Malaysia, or at one of our partner institutions in locations such as Australia, Canada, Europe and the USA.
You will get the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability by experiencing another culture. You can choose to study similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expand your knowledge by taking other options. Teaching is typically in English; however, there may be opportunities to study in another language if you are sufficiently fluent.
Application and interview
Offers are typically made without an interview. Applicants with non-standard qualifications, including mature students, may be invited to interview.
Choosing where to study for the next few years of your life is a difficult decision. By coming to an open day you can see for yourself why Nottingham could be the place for you.
If you make an application to study at the University of Nottingham and are successful in being made an offer, you will receive an invitation to attend an offer-holder event. These events take place between February and April.