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*Subject to validation

  • Examine the impact of politics on society from perspectives including business, climate change, nationalism, gender and non-governmental organisations
  • Discuss and debate the key contemporary issues at global and local levels
  • Complete optional work and/or volunteer placements for practical experience to apply to your learning

Politics and International Relations at Winchester examines government and society at the local, regional, and global level, enabling you to critically evaluate key issues and debates that are of vital importance in our ever-changing world.

In order to understand contemporary international politics, you explore government and society from the perspective of state organisations, non-state bodies, and international institutions and groups.

You consider a variety of relevant contemporary topics including, but not limited to, war and conflict; climate change; trade and finance; the rise of populist politics; big power politics; and the United Nations’ Security Council. As part of your studies, you gain the skills necessary to evaluate critically the key issues and debates involved.

The core modules encourage you to engage with the interests and research specialisms of staff while allowing space for discussion of contemporary issues that are of the upmost importance in a rapidly changing world. The optional Independent Study (Work Placement) module gives you the opportunity to build a wide range of transferable skills and personal networks to enhance your employment opportunities.

You study core modules including Theories of International Relations, Key Issues in Global Politics, Research Methods and Skills, and either Independent Study (Dissertation) or Independent Study (Volunteering). Optional modules include Political Futures, Thucydides, E.H.Carr and Power Transition in International Politics, Political Economy of Money and Finance, and Gender and National Security.

This course is excellent preparation for a career in government and civil society, marketing, research or research development.


This course is suitable if you are interested in a career in government and civil society, marketing, research or research development.

*Subject to validation

This course is subject to validation. 'Validation' is the process by which the University approves a new programme to ensure that it provides a distinct, high-quality academic experience for students, that enables them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career. In the unlikely event that a programme is not validated then we will do our best to find you an alternative programme within the University.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World


Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or relevant professional experience.
If English is not your first langauge: IELTS 6.5 (including 5.5 in academic writing) or equivalent.

Applications need to be submitted before the 31 May 2018. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our How to Apply section.

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International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

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Year 1 (Level 7)

Modules Credits

Independent Study (Dissertation) or Independent Study (Volunteering)
Research Methods and Skills
Key Issues in Global Politics
Introduction to International Relations Theories

Optional Credits

Optional Modules
  • Political Futures
  • Strategic Studies
  • Political Economy of Money and Finance
  • Gender and National Security

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Full-time entry | £5,500
Part-time entry | £2,750 p/a

Total Cost | £5,500

International Students

Full-time entry | £12,950
Part-time entry | £6,475 p/a

Total Cost | £12,950


As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.


Key course details

Full-time 1 year Part-time 2 years
Typical offer
Normally a first or second-class Honours degree
King Alfred Campus or West Downs, Winchester