Politics and International Relations

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Politics and International Relations at UWE offers students a wide ranging and contemporary insight into the world today.

The BA(Hons) Politics and International Relations programme provides great flexibility, where students can choose to concentrate more on Politics or International Relations, or to study them in equal measure.

Watch our Politics and International Relations at UWE Bristol film to get a taste of the experience of students studying this subject.

Teaching and research expertise

The course is taught by experienced members of staff who are active researchers, and committed to delivery high quality teaching. Our teaching and research expertise spans a range of areas including Human Rights, International Development, the EU, US Foreign Policy, Global Political Economy, British Policy-Making and International Security.

Politics and International Relations community

There is a lively and engaged politics and international relations community at UWE. The interdisciplinary nature of the course allows students to connect and engage with peers and tutors from other courses via initiatives such as the student-run Politics and International Relations Society, research seminars and public engagement events.

Students are encouraged to be active in issues associated with politics and international relations. For example, they join in with activities in the city on the annual Human Rights Day and during Refugee Week and work closely with the Bristol Migrants Right Centre (run by a former UWE politics student).

In the wider UWE community, there are also many student-run public mediums, such as the popular radio station and newspaper and the annual Students' Union Elections, which allow for lively debates and further opportunities for students to get involved and develop key skills.

Student experience

Students have the option to undertake a work placement module, enabling them to gain valuable experience in practice, and to then engage in academic reflection on their experience. Past placements have included government (Bristol and Gloucester councils), media (BBC and HTV) and NGO’s and charities such as Oxfam, Bristol Refugee Rights and Transform Drug Policy Foundation.

To broaden the experience further, students can also opt to study abroad with the Institute D'Etudes Politiques, Bordeaux, France and Univerza v Ljubljana, Slovenia, or with Virginia Commonwealth University in the USA.

Employable graduates

There is a strong emphasis on skills development and employability, giving students the valuable knowledge and real-world experience to enter a broad range of careers.

Students develop key transferable skills through their studies, and emerge from their degrees as well-rounded graduates with diverse career opportunities. They will develop their ability to research, communicate in oral, written and electronic form, write reports, work in groups, analyse problems and make recommendations, and deliver presentations.

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