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Why study with us

Politics and international relations explore the ways we organise our lives in a globally interconnected world through a complex of huge institutions and practises. There could not be a better time in which to develop your understanding of the most important issues facing us.

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After graduation

92% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities such as travelling, 15 months after the end of their course (HESA data).

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Utilise our contacts

We have links with Welsh Government, Westminster, G7, the United Nations, NATO, NGOs, policy-makers and journalists.

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We're experts

Our internationally renowned team are experts in political theory, public policy and electoral politics, cyber security, feminism, cold war history, environmental politics, security, intelligence studies and postcolonial politics.

Courses

Entry year

French and Politics (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Develop high-level French language skills and gain an in-depth intercultural understanding of French cultures. Combine this with an exploration of how parliaments and governments function and evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom, democracy

German and Politics (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Develop high-level German language skills and gain an in-depth intercultural understanding of German cultures. Combine this with an exploration of how parliaments and governments function and evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom, democracy

International Relations (BSc Econ)

Full time, 3 years

Investigate a wide range of questions that are critical to our contemporary world. Study modules on topics that include international security, environmental politics, feminism, cyber security, war and peace and postcolonial politics.

International Relations and Politics (BSc Econ)

Full time, 3 years

Gain a deeper understanding of how the political world works, why and how decisions are made by governments and non-governmental organisations, and how the consequences of these actions affect all of us. This programme allows you to investigate the

International Relations and Politics (with a Language) (BSc Econ)

Full time, 3 years

Explore the interaction of states, international alliances, non-governmental organisations and multinational companies alongside study of a language. Choose from French, German, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese.

Italian and Politics (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Develop high-level Italian language skills and gain an in-depth intercultural understanding of Italian cultures. Combine this with an exploration of how parliaments and governments function and evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom,

Journalism, Communications and Politics (BA)

Full time, 3 years

You will analyse and reflect upon changes to both politics and policy driven by the growth of social media, the communications industry and the 24/7 news cycle.

Law and Politics (LLB)

Full time, 3 years

Law and Politics have a huge impact on our lives whatever our age, ethnicity, and social background. This programme allows you to combine these fascinating topics within the interdisciplinary environment of the School of Law and Politics.

Politics (BSc Econ)

Full time, 3 years

Explore how parliaments and governments function, and evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom, democracy, conflict, legitimacy and accountability. You will have the opportunity to choose a module taught in conjunction with Westminster

Politics and Economics (BSc Econ)

Full time, 3 years

An understanding of economics deepens our understanding of politics and vice versa making Politics and Economics an ideal study combination.

Politics and Modern History (BSc Econ)

Full time, 3 years

History and Politics are a well established combination of subjects recognised to be complimentary.

Politics and Philosophy (BA)

Full time, 3 years

Philosophers investigate the nature of reality using logical reasoning rather than empirical methods. It is therefore integral to the study of Politics.

Politics and Sociology (BSc Econ)

Full time, 3 years

Combining Politics with Sociology enables you to acquire a broad understanding of society.

Politics and Spanish (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Develop high-level Spanish language skills and gain an in-depth intercultural understanding of Spanish cultures. Combine this with an exploration of how parliaments and governments function and evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom,

Welsh and Politics (BA)

Full time, 3 years

Politics and Welsh BA (Joint Honours) gives students the opportunity to combine governmental and political theory with the study of the Welsh language, its literature and culture.

Our talks and videos

Studying politics and international relations at Cardiff University

Watch our open day presentation to find out about studying politics and international relations at Cardiff University.

Please note that Professor Peter Sutch has since been appointed as Head of Politics and International Relations.

What our politics students say

Hear from former student Nicolo who studied Politics with us.

What our international relations students say

Hear from Geneva who studies International Relations with us.

The course structure at Cardiff is tailored to allow me to specialise in areas of the discipline that are of particular interest to me such as international security. The opportunity to also study a language alongside international relations and politics is amazing. It not only opens up more graduate opportunities, but allows me to develop language skills, analytical skills and gives me the opportunity to spend a year abroad, where I will broaden my language skills further.
Adam Zaman International Relations and Politics (with a Language) BScEcon

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Beyond the classroom

We offer a range of opportunities that will help you stand out in a competitive employment market.

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Where you will study

We are situated at the heart of Wales’ capital city in the civic and legal centre, close to the town centre and transport links.

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Your campus experience for 2021/22

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we've worked hard to ensure students have a safe and enjoyable time with us. Find out what we've been doing and what you might expect when you join us.

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Guaranteed accommodation

If you arrive in September, you're guaranteed a single occupancy room, and you'll be allocated with other first-year students.

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Student support

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Student life

Learn more about our sport and recreation, free language programmes, living costs, learning support and the Students' Union.

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HESA data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18, published by HESA in June 2020.