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Politics and International Relations

BA Honours

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Politics and International Relations

BA Honours

  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 104
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Course Overview

What impact will Brexit have on the European Union? Why is there a wave of populist politics across the West? What are the prospects for international peace in the face of crises such as North Korea?

Explore the answers to these questions on our Politics and International Relations degree. Combining insights from political theory, analysis and communication, you’ll examine the pressing issues that dominate today’s ever-changing political and economic landscape.

Why study with us

Understand the contemporary global and local political transformations that are reshaping the world we live in.

Gain professional experience and explore your career options by completing at least two work placements as part of your degree.

Use political ideas, first-hand observation and practical engagement to grasp who gets what, when and how.

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Leeds Trinity University is 2nd in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction, behind only the University of Leeds.

(Mainstream universities in National Student Survey 2018)


Leeds Trinity University is 7th in the UK for satisfaction with learning opportunities.

(National Student Survey 2018)


of our graduates are in work or further study, six months after ​graduation.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017)


Leeds Trinity University has an overall student satisfaction score of 87%

(National Student Survey 2018)

Course Information

About this course >

Politics is the study of power, influence and distribution of resources and rights. In doing so, it includes the study of marginalisation, deprivation and exposure to insecurity and danger. It gives you the opportunity to explore the relationship between governments across the world and their decision-making processes, looking at the set of ideas about legitimacy, obligation, authority, justice, order and accountability that frames these relations.

You’ll explore politics at local and global levels, studying British political processes, political theory and global politics. You’ll learn from research-active lecturers, whose diverse range of specialisms will give you the opportunity to explore a fascinating range of subjects that includes nationalism, the relationship between politics and culture, EU politics and immigration, peace studies and civil society.

Putting your learning into practice, you’ll complete two professional work placements as part of your degree. These will give you degree-relevant professional experience, as well as the opportunity to develop your specialist expertise and understanding of policy and political practice with relevant employers.

Further Study

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA International Business and PGCE History, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity. After the completion of this course you will also be qualified for postgraduate study in Politics, Communication, Governance and Public Policy.

Modules >

Year 1

In your first year you will be introduced to the key skills and concepts for the understanding and analysis of politics and international relations. Modules such as Classical Political Theory; Introduction to International Relations; Introduction to Political Science; and British Politics introduce core subject knowledge and prepare you for Year 2. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to experience and apply specific political concepts and research methods in your professional work placement.

Year 2

In your second year you will develop the skills and ideas introduced in Year 1 and the contextualisation in time and space of key political theories and ideologies. Modules focusing on the structures and ideas of the EU; political theory and movements; political science and polling; and global crises will help you to combine political theory and practice and develop key critical skills for the examination of political issues in either local or global settings.

Year 3

You will be encouraged to apply critically concepts and ideas in your own research projects. Modules focusing on history and media; freedom of speech; terrorism; culture and communication; and democratisation will expose you to the multidisciplinarity of politics and international relations and will also help you to identify and pursue your own research projects.​

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • HIS4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • HUM4992 - Ethics and Society
  • PTC4002 - British Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • PTC4022 - Introduction to International Relations
  • PTC4032 - Introduction to Political Science: Polling and Public Opinion
  • PTC4042 - Professional Placement
  • PTC4052 - Classical Political Theory

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • MFC5022 - Media, Power and Culture
  • PTC5002 - British Party Politics
  • PTC5032 - Political Science
  • PTC5042 - Professional Placement 2
  • PTC5052 - Contemporary Political Theory
  • PTC5072 - The European Union
  • PTC5082 - Professional Placement 2 (Volunteering)

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • HIS6792 - History and Media: Reporting Crisis
  • PTC6022 - Democracy and Democratization
  • PTC6034 - Professional Research Project
  • PTC6062 - Politics in Literature and Film
  • PTC6072 - Counter-Terrorism and the State
  • PTC6082 - Freedom of Speech
  • PTC6092 - Professional Learning Through Work

Learning and Teaching >

Year 1 – 16.4% of scheduled learning and teaching; 207 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 853 hours of independent teaching; 200 hours on placement

Year 2 – 13.1% of scheduled learning and teaching; 163 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 962 hours of independent teaching; 120 hours on placement

Year 3 - 11% of scheduled learning and teaching; 133 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,068 hours of independent teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.


The Leeds Trinity University Politics and International Relations programme combines insights from political analysis (theoretical and institutional) with media and their integration in the context of both professional practice and research. Each of these aspects feeds into and helps develop the others, creating a programme that is theoretical and applied, academic and professional.

Politics and International Relations students use a variety of research methods, tools and techniques to analyse the diverse range of political phenomena and to gather different kinds of data from a range of sources. You will interpret those data in the light of political theories and relate your findings to ongoing developments in and challenges to national and international policy. The knowledge this generates is used to develop understanding of contemporary political problems and help shape responses to them.

The programme's provision of political analysis explores political institutions (both in Britain and in wider global contexts); political theories; political communication, and the evolving complexities that challenge and pressure each of these areas.

The research provision develops the capacity for critical thinking at different levels: rhetorical analysis of political communication; theoretical analysis of political programmes, and analysis of statistical evidence (the use and abuse of numbers).

The professional learning provision provides opportunities, at each level, for sustained engagement with relevant political practitioners. Through this provision students have the opportunity to explore the range of employment opportunities available for careers in politics within the programme; to experience mentorship, and to establish a network of contacts. In addition, you will be required to complete at least two placements on your programme.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 77.5% coursework; 22.5% practical exams

Year 2 - 75% coursework; 25% practical exams

Year 3 – 81.3% coursework; 18.8% practical exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.​​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email​​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

Additional Costs

​​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015.

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

UCAS Personal Statement

Writing your personal statement for UCAS applications is your opportunity to demonstrate what makes you the perfect fit for a university. With over 60,000 students applying for university places each year, you need to stand out from the crowd - and your personal statement is key. Our Admissions team has put together its top tips on how to craft the perfect personal statement.

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Placement Opportunities

​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

You'll complete a five-week professional work placement in your first and second year. You can choose to work in the UK or abroad, in the sector or industry that interests you the most. Typical placement destinations for our students include museums, art galleries, schools, charitable and civic organisations, legal and finance institutions, media and marketing organisations, and MPs' offices.

Graduate Opportunities

​You'll be well-prepared for a career in local government, the civil service, social research, marketing, communications, human resources, and PR.

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