What is Politics and International Relations?
Rapid changes in domestic, regional and global politics have a daily impact on our lives, from traditional party politics to new forms of direct action in global settings. Students, academics and researchers working in this field are driven by the need to understand and explain the burning issues of today’s world.
We offer one of the most dynamic environments for the study of politics and international relations on any British campus.
Our courses are taught by leading academic experts who are conducting influential research in their respective fields. We are proud of our teaching reputation, having won awards for innovation and excellence in this area.
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.
93.6% of undergraduates from the School of Politics and International Relations had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for work 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment 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.