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BSocSc Politics and International Relations

Gain the skills to critically examine international and comparative politics.

BSocSc Politics and International Relations / Overview

Year of entry: 2019

Degree awarded
BSocSc (Hons)
3/4 years with option of International study
Typical A-level offer
Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)


Typical International Baccalaureate offer
6,6,5 at Higher level, 35 points overall.  Applicants taking English Language A must achieve grade 4 at Higher or Standard level.  Applicants offering English Language B must achieve grade 5 at Higher level and grade 6 at Standard level.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

In 2017 there were 892 applications for 95 places for this degree.

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

  • Study a wide range of political topics, covering comparative and international politics and political theory.
  • Develop research skills designed to understand and explain issues including conflict, justice, freedom, power and equality.
  • Have the chance to apply for a paid summer internship through Manchester's Q-Step programme, depending on the course units you choose.
  • Study at a top 5 UK university for Politics and International Studies (THE World University Rankings 2018).
  • Have the option to spend Year 3 studying abroad.
Joshua tells us why he chose to study Politics and International Relations

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 2019 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £18,500 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.


Scholarships and bursaries may be available to eligible students.

Find out more: Student Finance .

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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