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Politics, International Relations and Global Development

Politics is everywhere, and it affects every aspect of our lives. Our courses examine local, national and global political arenas in our modern, globalised world. We’ll push you to stand up for what you believe in, develop your understanding of the world we share, and drive positive societal change.

Politics, International Relations and Global Development at NTU

Are you fascinated by our changing world? Passionate about current affairs? See yourself working in local government or at the UN? Our internationally recognised research directly feeds into your degree, making sure you’re learning about the latest findings in your field.

Grounded in the contemporary theories, research and debates that are shaping this dynamic field of enquiry, these courses will enable you to advance your experience and knowledge of both policies and political arenas – from a local, national and international perspective.

With support from our expert staff and their internationally recognised research, you’ll consolidate your skills, whilst developing your practical knowledge through work-based learning. Through this informed balance of theory and practice, you’ll build the key vocational skills required for an applied career in a range of domestic and global roles.


of Politics students are satisfied with the quality of their course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 2023)


of BA (Hons) Politics FT graduates are in work or further study within 15 months of finishing their degrees (Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2020/21)


of MA Politics and Public Policy graduates are in work or further study within 15 months of finishing their degrees (Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2020/21)

Meet our Politics and International Relations students

Discover why third year Politics and International Relations student Georgia believes NTU is the place to be:

What’s next after your Politics, International Relations and Global Development degree?

Our courses will open doors for you and enable you to explore careers in a wide range of fields in both the public and private sectors.

Helping you explore your options and gain the skills, knowledge, experience, and confidence for future careers is central to the course. Our courses will provide you with a range of subject-specific and key transferable skills.

A lot of high-skilled jobs recognise the value of graduates having an openness and understanding of national and international events, institutional processes, and the importance of appreciating social and cultural difference – all of which this course will help you develop.

The job titles below give an indication of the careers our graduates have pursued:

  • civil servant (including HM Treasury)
  • political assistant (including the Houses of Parliament and local government)
  • politician (including Councillors and MPs)

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