University Of Bristol International Relations

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University Of Bristol International Relations

BSc Politics and International Relations

Bristol has an impressive reputation for teaching and research in politics and international relations and this course offers an enriching experience with exciting intellectual challenges.

You will study the politics of individual countries and governments and the relationships between countries, communities, and individuals.

The first year includes four compulsory units to ensure you have a solid grounding in the discipline. You will have greater choice as you progress through the course. Your final year includes a range of units, which are closely linked to staff research interests. Units cover subjects such as political theory, international relations, UK politics, US politics, gender, security and conflict.

There is an emphasis on research skills, with a compulsory unit in the first year and a dissertation in the final year. The dissertation enables you to conduct a piece of supervised political research on a topic of your choice.

You will have the opportunity to spend half a year studying abroad at a partner university; see our Global Opportunities website for more information.

More about Politics and International Relations

Find out more about studying Politics and International Relations at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

You will take four core units and choose two optional units from within the school, or from another subject area, usually within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law.

Second year

You will study six second-year units from a range of politics options, including at least one unit from each of the following three streams:

  • Political Theory
  • International Relations
  • Comparative and National Politics

Third year

  • Politics Dissertation
  • Four further third-year politics units from a range of options.

Find out more about the course structure and units available for Politics and International Relations

Typical offer for BSc Politics and International Relations – applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAA including A in an essay-based subject
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
ABB including A in an essay-based subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 overall including 18 points at Higher Level with 6 at Higher Level in an essay-based subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in an essay-based subject
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, including an essay-based subject
BTEC offerDDD in a relevant subject, such as Health and Social Care or Public Services
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAB and AH: AA including an essay-based subject
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall with 8.5 in an essay-based subject
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

Essay based subjects include: Anthropology; Archaeology; Classical Civilisation; Classics; Drama; Economics; English Language; English Literature; Environmental Studies; Film; Geography; Government and Politics; Health and Social Care; History; History of Art; Law; Media Studies; Philosophy; Psychology; Religious Studies; Social Care; Social Policy; Sociology; Philosophy; Politics; Theatre Studies.