International Politics and Policy BA (Hons) Add to your prospectus

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: L240
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Studying International Politics brings a focus on power, authority, citizenship, conflict and cooperation in the world around us.

Study as part of joint-honours at 100:0 Choosing this subject as a Single Honours

Current international trends are interpreted in historical perspective yet with a view to future directions and likely developments. Politics affects all our lives and with a deeper understanding you can join in conversations that address key issues.

Programme in detail

In Year One you will take Foundations in politics; British politics; European politics and Foundations in international politics.

In Year Two you will take a compulsory module in International institutions, as well as the choice out of a wide variety of modules that deal with the international political sphere. These include, but are not limited to US government and politics; International political economy; Immigration and the state; International institutions and Security in a globalised world.

In Year Three modules are available on Identity in contemporary international politics; Security and intelligence and Comparative peace processes. You can also choose from a range of modules that don’t have an explicit international dimension. You will also have a compulsory Dissertation.

Please note: Single Honours students will also be required to take 30 credits as a minor subject in their first year.

Study as part of joint-honours at 75:25 Choosing this subject as a Major

In Year One you will take Foundations in politics; British politics; European politics and Foundations in international politics.

In Year Two you will take a compulsory module in International institutions, as well as the choice out of a wide variety of modules that deal with the international political sphere. These include, but are not limited to US government and politics; International political economy; Immigration and the state; International institutions and Security in a globalised world.

In Year Three modules are available on Identity in contemporary international politics; Security and intelligence and Comparative peace processes. You can also choose from a range of modules that don’t have an explicit international dimension. You will also have a compulsory Dissertation.

Please note: Single Honours students will also be required to take 30 credits as a minor subject in their first year.

Study as part of joint-honours at 50:50 Choosing this subject as a Joint

Students doing the 50% programme are ideally positioned to connect with a wide range of other disciplines, including history, business, languages, law, communication studies, philosophy, criminology and sociology.

You will explore international political ideas, systems and processes and learn how to collect data, develop knowledge and construct arguments.

Study as part of joint-honours at 25:75Choosing this subject as a Minor

Students on the Minor programme will be able to gain a strong international dimension to complement their Major studies.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

177 Year One undergraduates in 2016

National Student Survey

• 93% of our students say staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2016)
• 93% of our students say they are satisfied with their programme (National Student Survey 2016)

Why this subject?

Build your degree to reflect your interests

At Liverpool, you’ll get genuine diversity in the range of modules we offer with themes focused at national and international levels. Our programmes provide you with a solid foundation of political studies in Year One and we’ll then encourage and guide you to choose modules to develop your own specialist interests.

Strengthen your employability skills for a wide-range of careers

We realise that you may not have decided what career to pursue, or you may change your mind. Our programmes are developed with a broad range of employers and industries in mind and the extensive critical, communication and research skills you will gain mean that our recent graduates have found success in diverse areas such as broadcasting, journalism, the civil service, government, marketing, public relations and academia.

Learn from research-active staff

The study of politics focuses on power, citizenship, authority, conflict and cooperation in the world around us. You’ll explore theory and develop an understanding of historical, current and future developments. Study at Liverpool and immerse yourself in an environment where all your lecturers are actively researching and publishing in their specialist fields, with national and international reach.

Take placements to enhance your experience

We will support you to apply for work placements to complement your studies and prepare you for the workplace. At Liverpool, we offer a range of placements including international exchange programmes at one of our partner universities and an exciting opportunity to secure a placement with an MP at Westminster. You will also benefit from our ‘Europe and the World Centre’, a recognised European ‘Centre of Excellence’ which specialises in relations between Europe and the rest of the world.