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    Our Politics and International Relations degree will help you to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to influence pressing political concerns: security, our environment, inequality and injustice, at home and abroad.

    You will be taught by experts in a stimulating and inclusive environment, where you will gain an understanding of the art and the science of politics, the behaviours, data, histories and philosophies associated with politics as an academic  discipline and as a practice. Underpinning our teaching is the notion that politics is something that people do, a process by which we seek to have an impact on others, in a wide variety of arenas. 

    Why study Politics & International Relations?

    You will gain a historical understanding of our current political concerns. You will examine what obligations states might have in today’s international society and explore the links between identity, conflict and models of governance to deal with the pressing challenges of the 21st century.

    We place a strong emphasis on transferable skills with a focus on employability. You will gain not only knowledge about politics and international relations but also the skills needed to make a difference, including communication and influence, critical thought and analysis and teamwork. With an eye on your future employment, we will work with you to embed the professional skills and mindset needed to be successful working in politics and influencing others, to increase the impact and usefulness of the knowledge that you gain during your studies.   

    We encourage, support and facilitate work experience in order to maximise your opportunities to gain real world insights. Many of our students have undertaken internships or work shadowing with MPs, MEPs and UN agencies.

      All about the course

      At Christ Church, we teach politics as ‘an actual activity out there in the world’. Our Politics & International Relations course offers you a balance of current issues, theoretical analysis and historical context. You will gain knowledge about and deepen your understanding of local, national, and international challenges, viewed through a political lens; and you will apply your learning to real-world issues, gaining the skills needed to make a difference.

      Your course is based around three important elements:

      • focusing on contemporary issues that matter to you, such as energy security, climate change, human rights and the political response to the pandemic, situating these in wider historical, theoretical and geopolitical contexts
      • scrutinising political ideas and approaches to engage ethically with our world and its future
      • integrating key skills into your learning, to ensure that you develop the professional graduate attributes needed to make a difference and enhance your employment opportunities after graduation.

      In Year 1, you'll focus on understanding issues that currently trouble society in the UK and internationally. You will learn how to analyse these problems from different perspectives. For example, viewing climate change as a power struggle between humans and nature; examining the legacy of colonialism through the Black Lives Matter movement; considering the role of key political theorists in informing and explaining the Me Too movement. This introduction to the core concepts and ideas in the study of politics and International Relations through the lens of present-day concerns will ensure a stimulating, relevant and engaging start to your course.

      97% of our Politics students said our staff are good at explaining things.

      National Student Survey 2021

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels BCC
      BTEC DMM
      Access 6 Distinctions and 39 Merits
      International Baccalaureate 28 Points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 104 -112 UCAS points

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      UCAS Points

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      Our degree will enable you to engage in politics and diplomacy, and to apply your knowledge to real world cases. Using innovative teaching and learning methods (for example, simulations such as Hustings and Global Negotiations; debates; case study analysis; twitter analysis, interactive events with guest speakers), we bring the outside world into our degree. In short, you'll be learning through political role plays, policy brief writing, blogging and interactive learning via webinars and other digital platforms. Where appropriate and possible, the module will also provide you with the opportunity to go on visits to places relevant to the world of international relations and politics.

      In light of the current circumstances and demands of the job market, the course will, in addition to onsite learning, also involve a variety of learning strategies that aim to foster digital skills and literacy - for example, virtual workshops, lectures, videos, and online sessions. These teaching strategies will also equip you with core, transferable skills, and knowledge of novel ways of working, and thereby prepare you to establish and effectively lead a post-Covid 19 professional life.

      Our degree has a strong focus on career development. You can build your experience by developing transferable skills together with our partners from the political arena (journalists, diplomats, parliamentarians, civil servants, NGOs), who are actively involved with the curriculum

      Our intellectually stimulating and innovative degree, will equip you with the intellectual tools to think critically, analytically, and imaginatively about the problems which plague our politics today. We have a proven track record, our graduates are now working in a variety of sectors including the civil service, international non-governmental organisations, public relations, law, diplomacy, finance, and teaching.

      Dr Demetris TillyrisCourse Director, Politics & International Relations

      National Student Survey 2020

      of our Politics students were satisfied with their learning opportunities

      How you’ll be assessed

      We recognise that people learn differently, and our assessments are designed to be as varied as possible to maximise the opportunities for students to demonstrate the knowledge they have acquired. You will be assessed through a range of methods, including essays, examinations, individual and group oral presentations, practical assignments and reports, active simulations which recreate political scenarios, social media blogs and research projects. These will evaluate your acquisition of relevant knowledge and understanding and the development of academic style and practical communication skills. The balance of assessment depends on how you select your options.

      Our aim is to ensure that assessments cater for a range of students’ requirements. Throughout the degree, strong emphasis is placed on regular feedback in order to provide you with the opportunity to enhance your performance.

      National Student Survey 2020

      of our Politics student were satisfied with the academic support

      Your future career

      In a competitive job market, it is crucial that as a graduate you have all the core skills that employers are looking for. Our degree emphasises transferable skills at each level of study, with a strong focus on career development. You can expect to gain skills in critical thought and analysis, working autonomously and as part of a team, networking, and the ability to communicate complex ideas in a clear and concise fashion.

      Our graduates have gone on to enter a variety of roles in sectors such as supporting MPs in parliament, diplomacy, local government, charities and non-governmental organisations, public relations, journalism, law, and graduate training schemes in the public and private sectors. A high proportion of our students also go on to study at postgraduate level in the UK and internationally.


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
      Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500
      Part-time £4,625 N/A

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      * The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 / £4,625 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here:

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      Industry Links

      Our degree is enhanced by our links with local, national and international politicians and policymakers. Where appropriate, we invite practitioners to speak to students about their experiences working on policy issues which relate to the academic material under investigation. For example, students studying diplomacy have been addressed by former ambassadors and foreign affairs correspondents. Parliamentary clerks have visited British Politics modules and representatives of NGOs supporting refugees have participated in sessions focused on migration. Our own graduates regularly return and get involved in different modules to build a sense of community among current students and alumni.

      Regulated by the Office for Students

      The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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