Politics and international relations

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Our pathway to international relations and politics is a popular route into studying a degree at Cardiff University.

Studying the pathway offers a chance for you to gain professional knowledge and skills in a stimulating environment, taught by knowledgeable tutors. Modules are taught in the evening and lunchtimes, and we welcome applications from people who may have been out of formal education for some time.

How it works

The pathway is made up 60 credits and is equivalent to 50% of the first year of a degree. It is intended to provide students with the skills and knowledge, and will guarantee you an interview, needed to study a degree in international relations and politics with the University.

Step one

You will study both 20 credit core modules.

Step two

You will either study, two 10 credit option modules including up to 20 law credits, or one 10 credit option module plus an appropriate 10 credit module.

Pathway modules

Core modules

Optional modules

These usually change every academic year. 2017/18 optional modules include:


Under normal circumstances, students finish the pathway within one year. You can also take up to three years to complete the pathway if you need to.


Our pathway to a degree offers an affordable route into Higher Education. You only have to sign up and pay for one module at a time and you have the option of splitting the cost into two instalments.

Financial help is available through a variety of different schemes. Once you start studying on the pathway you can also access expert advice on the best way to fund your studies should you go on to a degree.


If you have any queries or would like to find out more about this pathway please contact:

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Jan Stephens

+44 (0)29 2087 6248