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Pathway to a degree in 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. 2020/21 optional modules include:


Under normal circumstances, you can expect to complete the pathway within one year, but you can take longer if needed.


Information about funding and finance can be found here.


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

Jan Stephens

Jan Stephens

+44 (0)29 2087 6248