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  • Politics and international relations are popular degree-level subjects. Although it is possible to study both on a stand-alone basis, it is common to combine the two subject components.
  • International Relations is a branch of political science that examines the role of states, international alliances, NGOs and multinational companies. It covers issues like sovereignty, environmentalism, development and human rights. Politics degrees cover different political systems, ideologies and policies.

Politics and International Relations in the UK

  • The UK has long held a significant political role in global affairs, and English remains one of the principal global languages of communication. 
  • A degree in politics or international relations from the UK, and therefore in English, means that you will be expertly prepared to communicate, negotiate and transact with partners and clients all over the world.

Globally recognised universities

  • UK universities have an excellent global reputation for their Politics and International Relations programmes.  
  • Between them, Oxford and Cambridge have helped 41 British Prime Ministers start their political careers, and one in four countries has a leader educated in the UK.
  • The QS world university rankings 2024 placed the University of Oxford 2nd globally for Politics, with LSE and Cambridge also featuring in the Top 10.

Typical Politics and International Relations degrees

Kings students have progressed to a wide variety of degrees including:

  • Politics
  • Politics and International Relations
  •  International Relations
  • Politics of the International Economy
  • International Relations and Development

Typical careers in Politics and International Relations

As a politics or international relations student there will be many job options available to you when you graduate. Your studies will equip you with a range of skills that are desirable to employers across a variety of organisations and industry areas, including:

  • government jobs 
  • humanitarian work 
  • diplomatic corps 
  • the UN 
  • international business

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