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Politics and International Relations

This information applies to all undergraduate Politics and International Relations programmes (Politics, International Relations and Politics, joint honours programmes with Politics).

We judge each application on its merit, and treat it ‘holistically’, meaning we take all relevant factors into account when making decisions about admissions. We do not treat applications mechanically, but look for a balance of factors that suggest strong potential and aptitude for our degree programmes.

In particular, we look for evidence of a capacity for:

  • an ability to analyse and solve problems using logical and critical approaches
  • an ability to separate the relevant from the irrelevant
  • a capacity for sustained and cogent argument
  • an ability to express ideas clearly and effectively
  • an ability to manage a heavy academic workload effectively, and a capacity for independent study.

When assessing personal statements and references we favour applicants who show an informed understanding of the subject they wish to study and an interest in it, demonstrate a maturity and seriousness of outlook, and whose referees indicate that they have strong academic potential.

Applicants for Politics do not need to study the subject prior to admission.

A-level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate

Find out about A-level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate requirements.

Other qualifications

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome, as are those who may have combinations of qualifications or other relevant work/life experience. If you would like to know the entry requirements for a specific qualification not listed here, please contact our admissions team on either admissions@cardiff.ac.uk or +44(0)29 2087 9999.

All applications for a place on any of the Politics and International Relations degree programmes must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application service. Applications can be made either in the English or the Welsh language.

Once an application is received by the Department, the admissions tutor for the chosen course will assess the application. The admissions tutors work closely together to ensure that there is consistency across the Department. Individual offers made to applicants may vary according to the applicant’s individual academic profile.

Students who apply for admission to study at Cardiff and receive a conditional or unconditional offer will automatically be invited to one of our Open days. On these Open days you will be taken on a guided tour of the Department and the University campus, and you will meet students and staff in an informal setting. If you take advantage of this opportunity, you will be in a much better position to decide if the Department of Politics and International Relations is the place for you.

All UK or EU applicants who are made either a conditional offer or an unconditional offer will be sent an invitation to a Department of Politics and International Relations Open Day.

The Department of Politics and International Relations does not have any standardised admissions test requirements.

The Department of Politics and International Relations does not routinely interview applicants for its undergraduate programmes. However, applicants who are returning to study after a long period out of education or who have work or other relevant experience but few or no formal academic qualifications may be invited for an interview.

All suitable applicants who are eligible for additional consideration and are predicted a minimum of grades BBB-BCC will be guaranteed a typical offer on the Department of Politics and International Relations courses. View the University policy on use of contextual data.

Resit applicants are accepted and will be considered on an individual basis.

The Department of Politics and International Relations will consider deferred entry applications on all programmes. We ask that this be clearly indicated, with your reasons for deferral, on your application form.

Transfers with credit from another Higher Education institution

The Department of Politics and International Relations will consider applications from students wishing to transfer from other UK Universities into year one or two at Cardiff. We do so on a case-by-case basis where the applicant, (a) meets the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme, and (b) has achieved a satisfactory level of performance in each module taken at his/her current institution.

Transfer with credit from another programme at Cardiff University

Applications for transfers from students wishing to transfer to Year one from other Schools within Cardiff University are considered where the applicant meets the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme.