BSc Politics and International Relations (L200)

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UCAS code L200
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees

Fees quoted are for 2018 entry only. Fees for 2019 will be confirmed, subject to government approval, later in 2018.

  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £16,500 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2016/17 116 overall for all Single Honours courses

About 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. 

View all our Politics and International Relations courses

See a list of all Politics and International Relations degrees at Bristol, and find more information about the course, assessment and career prospects.

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 offer DDD 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.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Standard numeracy requirement (C in GCSE Maths or equivalent)
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

How we assess your application

Admissions statements relate to 2018 entry and will be updated for 2019 entry in summer 2018.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application.

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