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BSocSc Politics and International Relations / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
BSocSc (Hons)
3 years
Typical A-level offer
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

32 points overall. 6,6,5 at Higher Level. No lower than 5 in English.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

In 2015 there were 804 applications for 91 places for this degree.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS . You can find out more information about the application process on the our how to apply webpage .

UCAS course code
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Course description

  • Do you want the opportunity to study a wide range of political topics?
  • Are you interested in comparative and international politics and political theory?
  • Would you like to develop research skills designed to understand and explain issues including conflict, justice, freedom, power and equality?
  • Would you like a chance to study abroad for a semester?
  • Take the right course units and you can apply for a paid summer internship through Manchester's Q-Step programme .

The BSocSc (Hons) Politics and International Relations degree is our single honours course for Politics specialists.

Politics at Manchester is structured around three core themes: Comparative Politics, International Politics and Political Theory. This structure extends across everything we do, from undergraduate teaching to top-level research.

In your first two years studying Politics and International Relations you will take courses from across these three core areas as well as being able to choose options from other disciplines within the Social Sciences such as Economics or Sociology or in other areas such as History, Philosophy or languages.

By your final year you will have acquired an advanced understanding of Politics which will have prepared you to study a selection of our specialised year three options which reflect the research expertise of our staff.

Our significant size allows us to support internationally recognised research across a broad range of areas within and across these themes, including several large and distinctive specialist research clusters .

This also contributes to the quality of our teaching at undergraduate level; we offer you a wide range of course units that builds directly on our research expertise.

We will help you to develop solid intellectual foundations within the discipline, while also giving you increasing choice and diversity of subjects and approaches as you progress through your second and third years.

Open days

  • Find out more and register for an Open Day

Post-offer visits

If you are made an offer we will email you an invitation to visit us late January, February or early March. These afternoons are organised by the School of Social Sciences and include a tour, a talk, refreshments and a chance to talk to students, lecturers and recruitment staff.

If you are visiting Manchester and would like to visit our admissions office please make an appointment in advance. (Call +44 (0)161 275 4470/1473 or email )


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £17,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.


Scholarships and bursaries are available to eligible Home/EU students, including the Manchester Bursary . This bursary is in addition to the government package of maintenance grants.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)161 275 1473
+44 (0)161 275 4751
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