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International Relations and Politics
Our International Relations and Politics degree offers you an integrated approach. You'll learn about domestic, comparative and international politics and:
- the roots and nature of political activity
- the changing nature of international cooperation and conflict
- the new character of warfare
- the impact of globalisation upon states and societies
- the persistence of world problems.
Our teaching staff are active researchers with strong publication records. This means the knowledge you gain is informed by the latest academic thinking.
Our Centre for Global Politics, Economy and Society has three research groups, focusing on:
- Critical Security Studies
- State and Society
- International Political Theory and Culture
- Identities and Divisions.
To prepare you for future employment, you'll have the opportunity to take part in a Work Based Learning module. Oxfordshire has one of the highest number of non-governmental organisations (NGO) outside London. So this is an excellent place to pursue career opportunities.
How to apply
Questions about fees?
Questions about fees?
Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.
Learning and assessment
Year 1 introduces you to the theme of democracy. You will explore a range of political ideologies and political systems as well as exploring the individual in politics. And study contemporary issues in world politics.
In Year 2 you will study the history of political thought and begin to examine, in some detail, the ways in which the real world of politics and international relations can be understood.
In Year 3 you will be able to choose from a range of specialist modules which reflect the expertise of staff.
You will undertake a piece of independent research under supervision. You will have the option of doing more independent research.
Year 2 International Relations students are encouraged to study for part of their degree with one of our 100 partner institutions across the world.
- Lectures and seminars
- Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)
Year 4 (or Year 3 if no placement year)
Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
After you graduate
In addition to building a resource of discipline-based skills, International Relations and Politics encourages the development of abilities that will prove valuable in future careers. Some of our graduates go on to postgraduate study, while others go directly into the workplace.
Our graduates from this course enter a variety of careers, for example:
- the diplomatic service
- local government
- trades unions
- non-governmental organisations
- international organisations.
A number of our graduates have progressed to postgraduate study, and we are keen to encourage our undergraduates to undertake their own research as part of their studies.
As well as offering supervision in a range of areas for research degrees, the department also runs an International Relations master's programme, which places an emphasis on gaining critical perspectives on contemporary theory and practice. You can do either an MA in International Relations or an MA in International Security.
"It is fascinating to study how the political and economic world interacts, and all the factors that influence it. I also think that the lecturers are fantastic. They are all engaged with their subjects and the teaching is first class"Read more about Janie
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"I love Oxford because despite being a small city it makes such a big impact in the world. As a student here you will have access to opportunities that students from other parts of England can only dream of having"Read more about Laura Natara
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.