Coventry University - BA Politics and International Relations

Coventry University

BA Politics and International Relations

Interested in how countries are governed and decisions made? Interested in what shapes foreign policies and how national and international political events and practices impact people locally? Interested in how social movements impact politics globally? Then Politics and International Relations should appeal to you.

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The course includes a range of modules on British, American, European, African and Middle Eastern politics and provides you with a deeper understanding of the rationale and value of peaceful and cooperative relations between nations and people. It also teaches you how the world is becoming increasingly more connected and how this impacts on governments and their agencies, multinational companies, international organizations, non-governmental organisations, and you.

Entry Requirements

A Level

 : BBC


IB Diploma

29 points

GCSE requirement


Minimum five graded 9-4 including English.

IELTS: 6.0 overall

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a


pre-sessional English programme


before you start your course. 

Career Prospects

In a globalised world where companies increasingly do business across national boundaries, you can benefit from an in-depth understanding of the international landscape, gaining an insight appealing to many employers. This course is informed by up-to-date research and provides knowledge on issues that are at the forefront of the disciplines of Politics and International Relations and enables you to develop a wide range of skills that are highly valued by employers.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities have their own Creative Futures unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and aims to give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Course Details

Politics and International Relations are highly interconnected academic disciplines, concerned with overlapping questions of power, government, decision-making, conflict, peace, foreign policy, democracy, human rights, social movements and political ideologies. Throughout your degree, you will study these issues, both in relation to the internal workings of different political systems and their external relations in the contemporary global system. Through a rich programme of modules, you will learn about the politics and international relations of the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans, the US, Europe and China.

Year 1

• Applied politics: Politics in Action
• Themes and Concepts in International Relations
• Introduction to Political Ideas
• World Politics since 1945
• Introduction to International Relations Theories
• Add+vantage

Year 2

• Contemporary Global Security
• Foreign Policy Analysis
• Comparative Politics and Governance
• Contemporary British Government
• A Graduate Career
• Add+vantage
• International Political Economy
• Humanitarian Intervention and Peacekeeping
• The Contemporary Far Right in Western Europe

Year 3

• Political Ideologies in the 20th Century
• Ethics and International Relations
• Dissertation
• Add+vantage
• Politics of the Contemporary Middle East
• Nationalism and Democracy in Post-Communist Europe
• US Foreign Policy since 1945
• US Government and Politics
• Study Trip
• Chinese Politics, Foreign Relations, and Security

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