The development of transferable skills is a key feature of teaching at Leicester. Our courses are designed to improve your skills in written communications (from short reports to a long dissertation), oral presentation (both formal and informal), working as part of a team, independent learning (e.g. information gathering and time management), problem solving and information technology.
We participate actively in the University’s Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which encourages students to reflect on their skills and careers options. The University’s Leicester Award provides an opportunity to gain accreditation for leadership and management skills.
We provide a friendly and supportive environment, with helpful and accessible staff, and excellent pastoral care. We are proud of our reputation as one in which students who encounter academic or personal difficulties can be assured of a sympathetic and supportive response. Every student is allocated a personal tutor; the Senior Tutor and Departmental Administrator also have special responsibility for the welfare of undergraduates. The University also offers a range of specialist help through its Welfare and Counselling Services.
Students in the School run a thriving Politics Society. It organises a series of events, including visiting speakers, pub crawls and an annual Summer Ball attended by students and staff.
You will have the opportunity to spend one semester of your second year studying Politics and International Relations at one of our partner universities in Europe and the US. If you wish to study abroad, you should decide during your first year. Politics and the University award travel bursaries to students wishing to study the politics of another country in the Easter or summer vacations.
Graduates in Politics and International Relations go on to a wide range of careers. Many of our students have used their subject specific knowledge to work in the civil service, parliament, local government, pressure groups and international organisations (e.g. the European Parliament). Our degrees also provide students with the transferable skills that equip them for careers in the media, education, administration, and management in industry and commerce. As with most degrees, a further period of training is often necessary.