Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Politics and International Relations

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: L290

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • British Political History since 1945

  • Introduction to International Relations

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics

  • Introduction to the Politics of the World Economy

  • Introduction to War and Politics

Optional modules

  • Philosophy, History and Ideology

  • Conflict in the Middle East

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • International Relations Theory

  • International Organisation

  • The Global South and Development

  • Paths of Research

Optional modules

  • Understanding America

  • Understanding the European Union

  • Terrorism, War and Ethics

  • Understanding China

  • The Politics and Philosophy of the Environment

  • Ethnic Conflict Resolution

  • Global Challenge

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core module

  • Long Dissertation

Optional modules

  • European Union Politics and Institutions

  • The US in Vietnam

  • Intelligence and National Security

  • Dangerous Minds: Intellectuals and Politics

  • Hate, Violence and Pornography – the Boundaries of Freedom of Expression

  • The Reunified Germany in the New Europe

  • The World We’re in: Globalisation and Democratic Governance in Practice

  • Democracy and Legitimacy in the European Union

  • Being Great

  • Small Wars

  • Contemporary Political Philosophy

  • BRICS: Emerging Powers in International Affairs

  • One-Semester Internship

If you opt for the One-Semester Internship, you'll have access to our exclusive seminar series presented by senior parliamentary officials including Black Rod, the Speaker, the Serjeant-at-Arms, and the Clerk of the House of Commons.

"I'm currently being taught by Lord Norton of Louth, so I'm being taught by people who are actually currently sitting in the House of Lords."

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More about this course

Explore the themes and issues which drive 21st-century world politics. Our Politics and International Relations degree takes you behind the headlines to gain expertise in international affairs, focusing on conflict and war, wealth, poverty and inequality, international law, international relations theory and international organisations. What distinguishes politics programmes at Hull is the opportunity to apply your studies to the real world. We have an established programme of internships with public and private organisations, including a challenging three-month placement at Westminster. Here you'll have the opportunity to work with a parliamentarian who shares your interest in international relations, perhaps a member of the Foreign Affairs or International Development Committee. Alternatively, you can choose to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, Hong Kong or North America.

This is an intellectually demanding programme, taught by staff who are globally recognised for their research in a variety of areas. This is reflected in the modules you study, and in the flexibility of the degree. The range of modules means that you can tailor the course to suit your interests and career aspirations.

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Where you'll study

Hull Campus

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The largest Westminster placement scheme in the UK, with unmatched access to MPs.

Our graduates are so numerous at Westminster and Whitehall, they’ve become known as the 'Hull Mafia'

You could visit Brussels as part of your degree and see the inner workings of the European Union.

Our expert staff are recognised globally as contributing to the cutting-edge of political research.

Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £13,500

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

This course can lead to a career in political consultancy, the media, the Civil Service, public relations, political parties, parliament and charities.

Some of the posts currently held by our graduates include: Senior Communications Advisor • International Committee of the Red Cross • Geneva • Foreign Correspondent • Corporate Risk Analyst • Head of the Asia Programme • Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies • Special Advisor at 10 Downing Street • Account Executive at Citigate Public Affairs • Researcher for Jonathan Dimbleby Programme at LWT.

You can also choose the pathway to further study and training; our graduates have gone onto study Masters courses in both Political and Historical Research, International Relations and Global Politics. There's the further option of becoming a member of our Graduate Association, which will notify you of interesting news and events occurring in the world of politics. You will also receive an annual copy of the Graduate Directory, which is an excellent tool for networking, particularly in the early stages of your career.