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    Is there anyone studying international relations or something similar that can give me advice about what the courses are generally like at uni, what things do you study? How do I know if I should take it?
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    Is there anyone studying international relations or something similar that can give me advice about what the courses are generally like at uni, what things do you study? How do I know if I should take it?
    Hi, I studied Politics & IR at Manchester (for first year) and then Exeter. The content of the courses definitely varies between universities, so you should look closely at the modules and make sure that they interest you. Some courses are also much more flexible than others. As to whether or not you should take it, that's hard to say. Personally, as someone who always preferred history/english/languages, etc. at school, I haven't really enjoyed my course hugely and would have definitely taken something else more on the arts-side of things in hindsight. However, that is just my experience.
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    Is there anyone studying international relations or something similar that can give me advice about what the courses are generally like at uni, what things do you study? How do I know if I should take it?
    Hi there!

    I study public policy right now, and studied politics at undergraduate level, but I have studied International Relations modules throughout, so I'd like to give you my thoughts

    Course content varies between universities, but generally international relations will encourage you to think about broad questions regarding how the world is run, and why states act in the way they do. This is often explored through contemporary issues, such as terrorism, piracy, the environment, international organisations, and so on. As you go through the academic years, you'll find opportunities to specialise in the areas which you most interesting.

    IR modules often compliment each other well, so you'll be able to develop a big picture of how power is distributed across the world, and most importantly, how that power will shift in the future!

    It also encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and learn about the political systems and economies of countries around the world which you may not have thought to learn about before. I'm actually in the middle of writing an IR paper about Indonesia as a rising power, a country which I knew very little about before - but I've found it to be a fascinating case study.

    Take a look at UEA's International Relations course here, and check out the different modules for some inspiration

    Let me know if you'd like to know more!

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    Hi, I studied Politics & IR at Manchester (for first year) and then Exeter. The content of the courses definitely varies between universities, so you should look closely at the modules and make sure that they interest you. Some courses are also much more flexible than others. As to whether or not you should take it, that's hard to say. Personally, as someone who always preferred history/english/languages, etc. at school, I haven't really enjoyed my course hugely and would have definitely taken something else more on the arts-side of things in hindsight. However, that is just my experience.
    Hi, how do you change Universities after 1 year? Was it easy switching from Manchester to Exeter? Thanks
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    Hi there!

    I study public policy right now, and studied politics at undergraduate level, but I have studied International Relations modules throughout, so I'd like to give you my thoughts

    Course content varies between universities, but generally international relations will encourage you to think about broad questions regarding how the world is run, and why states act in the way they do. This is often explored through contemporary issues, such as terrorism, piracy, the environment, international organisations, and so on. As you go through the academic years, you'll find opportunities to specialise in the areas which you most interesting.

    IR modules often compliment each other well, so you'll be able to develop a big picture of how power is distributed across the world, and most importantly, how that power will shift in the future!

    It also encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and learn about the political systems and economies of countries around the world which you may not have thought to learn about before. I'm actually in the middle of writing an IR paper about Indonesia as a rising power, a country which I knew very little about before - but I've found it to be a fascinating case study.

    Take a look at UEA's International Relations course here, and check out the different modules for some inspiration

    Let me know if you'd like to know more!

    Fred - UEA PG Rep
    (Original post by username3584190)
    Hi, I studied Politics & IR at Manchester (for first year) and then Exeter. The content of the courses definitely varies between universities, so you should look closely at the modules and make sure that they interest you. Some courses are also much more flexible than others. As to whether or not you should take it, that's hard to say. Personally, as someone who always preferred history/english/languages, etc. at school, I haven't really enjoyed my course hugely and would have definitely taken something else more on the arts-side of things in hindsight. However, that is just my experience.
    Thanks so much
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    Is there anyone studying international relations or something similar that can give me advice about what the courses are generally like at uni, what things do you study? How do I know if I should take it?
    I studied International Relations, as has been said what you study can vary by university- each has its own specialisms which can be regional for example. Generally though you study relationships between states, bot through theories (e.g. realism, liberalism e.c.t) and in practice- looking at international organisations like the UN, EU, NATO e.c.t. You might do modules on the historical relationship between states e.g. in the Cold War.Many universities allow you to take political modules as well- these are usually more focused on the political system in one state. Each university publicises typical modules available so have a look on their websites. In terms of determing if you should take it the key question you should be asking yourself is: 'does it sound interesting.' If in doubt (and to help with your personal statement) do some extra reading on this.
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    I studied International Relations, as has been said what you study can vary by university- each has its own specialisms which can be regional for example. Generally though you study relationships between states, bot through theories (e.g. realism, liberalism e.c.t) and in practice- looking at international organisations like the UN, EU, NATO e.c.t. You might do modules on the historical relationship between states e.g. in the Cold War.Many universities allow you to take political modules as well- these are usually more focused on the political system in one state. Each university publicises typical modules available so have a look on their websites. In terms of determing if you should take it the key question you should be asking yourself is: 'does it sound interesting.' If in doubt (and to help with your personal statement) do some extra reading on this.
    Thankyou thats really helpful!
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    (Original post by username3584190)
    Hi, I studied Politics & IR at Manchester (for first year) and then Exeter. The content of the courses definitely varies between universities, so you should look closely at the modules and make sure that they interest you. Some courses are also much more flexible than others. As to whether or not you should take it, that's hard to say. Personally, as someone who always preferred history/english/languages, etc. at school, I haven't really enjoyed my course hugely and would have definitely taken something else more on the arts-side of things in hindsight. However, that is just my experience.
    What would you have taken instead?
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