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International Relations and Social Policy BSc (Hons)

Aston University, Birmingham

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    19-SEP-22

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

**Aston University is The Guardian's 'University of the Year' 2020.****Course outline**As a student on the BSc (Hons) International Relations and Social Policy course, you’ll explore the major political and social issues faced by governments across the world. You will develop a knowledge and understanding of the international state system, the structure and purpose of international organisations, and the roles played by international institutions, other intergovernmental organisations, multinational corporations and NGOs.On the social policy strand of the course, you will investigate the economic, social and political forces which influence government decision-making and develop a detailed understanding of policy-making processes at global, national and local levels of government. You will also explore in-depth, the outcomes and consequences of various government policies on the economy and society. Studying the nature of policy delivery and management by various organisations, such as local governments, schools and businesses, will prepare you for a range of career paths. Important strengths of the programme include its focus on key contemporary issues in international relations and policy, such as global economic change and the environment as well as international comparisons of government policies. During the final year, you will explore more specialised topics through the completion of an individual research dissertation and a range of modules covering topics such as the international relations of East Asia, US foreign policy, and the international relations between post-Soviet Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.**Key benefits**- As part of your degree you’ll have the option to undertake a professional placement year, gaining valuable practical experience that employers demand.- 95 per cent of students studying international relations courses at Aston agreed that they had been able to contact staff when they need to (National Student Survey, 2020).- Social Policy at Aston was ranked 7th in the UK for ‘graduate prospects’ (Complete University Guide, 2021).- Social Policy at Aston scored 92 per cent for overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2020).- Social Policy at Aston was ranked first in the UK for ‘continuation’ (Guardian, 2020). This compares the number of first-year students on full-time first-degree courses who have remained active in their second year of studies.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 15,950per year

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A level : BCC - BBC

BBC: Standard offer // BCC: If the student is also presenting either Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) grade B OR if eligible for Contextual offer (Please see this webpage for more details - https://www.aston.ac.uk/undergraduate/contextual-offer-aston-ready)

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University information

Aston University, Birmingham

  • University League Table

    47th

  • Campus address

    Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, Birmingham, B4 7ET, England

The Aston international pre-master's programme is for international students who want to accomplish a postgraduate degree at Aston Business School.
Extensive support including help gaining work experience, free English language support and a range of scholarships to help talented international students.
Over 250 partnerships in around 45 countries with a range of high profile institutions across the world, plus an amazing global network of alumni.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    34th out of 86 1

    23rd out of 45 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    113 54%

    46th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    75.0 75%

    15th

    19
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.89 78%

    60th

  • Entry standards

    / Max 191
    115 60%

    22nd

    7
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    50.0 50%

    31st

    24
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.81 76%

    36th

    1

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