Politics and International Relations

Undergraduate Degree Structure

At Lancaster University the first year is called Part I and the second and third years make up Part II.

Part I students take three courses in different subjects. E.g., a single honours Politics student, as well as doing Part I Politics chooses two further courses either from within the department (i.e., Religious Studies; Philosophy; Ethics, Philosophy and Religion) or from a wide range of courses offered by other departments in the University.

Joint honours students (e.g., Politics and Philosophy) will be pre-enrolled onto two Part I courses (Politics; Philosophy) and choose one other. Triple honours students are pre-enrolled onto the three courses that make up their degree scheme.

Part I - First Year

In Part I students will study the core course POLI 100: Understanding Politics and Governance. This will lay the foundations for any future understanding of Politics and International Relations.

Part II - Second and Third Year

In the second and third year you choose which modules to study.  All students must take the equivalent of 180 credits (some courses are two-term) over the two years. Exactly how many of these modules are in Politics and International Relations will depend upon your degree scheme.

Single Honours Politics majors must study at least 180 credits in Politics and International Relations. Up to 60 credits can come from taking modules in one of the other “minor” subjects studied in Part I.

Joint honours must take at least 120 credits in Politics and International Relations.

Triple honours must take at least 60 credits in each subject (maximum 120 credits)