BA Politics and International Relations

There’s never been a more important time to study Politics and International Relations.

As we all try to navigate the climate change emergency, global conflicts, Brexit, and economic challenges in a post-pandemic world, studying a Politics and International Relations degree at Roehampton will give you the knowledge and the tools to understand how we got here, and how we can create a better future.

Through the core modules, students will learn in class how to apply the skills of negotiation in different situations and how to apply leadership and communication skills. Allied to this solid practical dimension you will receive a strong grounding in the conceptual and theoretical approaches to the study of politics, and in the sources and methods used in political analysis.

Course details

A degree that will give you an authoritative political voice at this most critical period in world politics.
  • Mode of study: 2 -3 days campus
  • Intake: September , January
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: £9,250 per year
  • Location: London

University of Roehampton

Course overview

BA Politics and Internatonal Relations at Roehampton is designed with a strong emphasis on International Relations and global politics. You will look at key global issues including human rights, political resistance and violence, climate change and the politics of gender, race and class. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in the politics of particular regions, through modules that focus on, for example, the Middle East, North America, Russia, China and the Global South.

You will also get a fundamental understanding of the history of political ideas and political systems. The programme will look at local politics and political parties in Britain, and the operations of government at the highest levels in Westminster. Our London location gives us unique opportunities to see the political system in action.


Entry requirements

Year 1 entry: 112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

We welcome applications from students studying T Levels.

For all courses we also accept a wide range of other qualifications and experience.


Our Politics and International Relations graduates go on to various careers including politics (research, campaigning, policy work, civil service), publishing, teaching, journalism, business management, law, media, advertising and public relations, community and social services, and heritage or cultural management. They become informed and active global citizens, who understand and are not afraid to question the structures of power which shape our world.


All modules are core and are worth 15 credits unless specified.

Compulsory modules

  • Dictatorships and Democracies: Ancient and Modern
  • An Introduction to International Relations
  • Political Concepts
  • An Introduction to Political Studies and Skills
  • Comparative Government and Politics
  • Contemporary British Politics

Compulsory modules

  • Freedom, Power and Politics
  • Political Parties and Elections
  • Researching and Working in Politics
  • Political Skills: Negotiation

Optional modules

  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Islam and the West
  • Journalism, Media and Politics
  • Applied Humanities: Professional Practice and Placement
  • Work Placement Year
  • Work Placement Year

Compulsory modules

  • Politics Final Year Project
  • Political Skills: Leadership and Communication

Optional modules

  • Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • Active Citizenship
  • Animal Rights and Environmental Ethics
  • Race and Empire
  • The Politics of the European Union
  • Contemporary American Politics
  • The Politics of the Middle East
  • Global Governance