Politics and International Relations BA (Hons)

Studying Politics and International Relations at DMU offers a dynamic experience, ranging from understanding theoretical ideas that underpin the way the world works to experiences beyond the classroom and engaging with real-world projects. This vibrant course will develop your understanding of political events and processes and the skills to use your knowledge in real-life settings.

Course details

You will have the opportunity to engage with real political actors, including local councils, MPs and community organisations, on current issues.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

De Mortfort University

Course overview

After a common core of modules that challenge you to think about politics from the local to the global, you will have the opportunity to follow one of two pathways specialising in either Politics or International Relations. On the Politics pathway, you can explore British Politics beyond Westminster, the politics of the Americas, race, identity and class in the City and the politics of sustainable futures. On the International Relations pathway, you will focus on global inequalities and development, security and peace issues and international crisis management. You will undertake a final project on a subject of your own choice, developing your skills and knowledge towards your career aspirations.


Entry requirements

A typical offer is 112 UCAS points. You need to study at least two subjects at A-level or equivalent (eg BTEC)
Plus, five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths

Alternative qualifications include:

Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent) with English (Language or Literature) and Maths GCSE required as separate qualifications at grade 4

International Baccalaureate: 26+ points or
T Levels Merit


This degree will empower you to apply academic theory to real-life situations. Our lecturers will equip you with the skills sought by employers – from communication and team working to independent research and critical analysis.

Graduates from this course have progressed to careers in the private and public sectors in positions such as Campaign Manager for Labour, Deputy Social Media Editor for the Independent, a graduate position on IBM’s sought-after HR Leadership Development Programme and a place on a Local Government trainee scheme.


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

  • Block one: Politics, People and Place
  • Block two: Ideas and Change in Politics and International Relations
  • Block three: Global Challenges: Politics and Social Policy
  • Block four: Democracy in Times of Crisis
  • Block one: Making Public Policy
  • Block two: Political Research in Action
  • Block three: Choose one pathway from the below:
    Politics pathway: Political Theory: Why Big Ideas Matter
    International Relations pathway: Contemporary International Relations Theory
  • Block four: Choose one pathway from the below:
    Politics pathway: Not in Westminster: National and Local Politics
    International Relations pathway: Global Political Economy: Gender, Race and Class
  • Block one: Choose one pathway from the below:
    Politics pathway: The Politics of the Americas
    International Relations pathway: Global Inequalities
  • Block two: Choose one pathway from the below:
    Politics pathway: Contentious Politics in the City
    International Relations pathway: Security, Peace and Conflict
  • Block three: Choose one pathway from the below:
    Politics pathway: Sustainable Futures
    International Relations pathway: Tackling Global Crises
  • Block four: Politics and International Relations Project