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Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Manawatu Campus


Specialise in Politics and International Relations for your Bachelor of Arts at Massey

Understand the world around you

Politics is about contestations for power and how we make decisions in society – who gets what, when and how – from the local community to the nation and internationally.

Politics is concerned with the conflict of ideas and values. It has to do with who governs. It’s also to do with how and why decisions that affect all of us are made. That could vary from how much students should pay to study at university to whether the UN should sanction military interventions.

A wide range of topics

With Massey's Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations), you may study topics such as:

how New Zealand’s system of government works

what the rise of China means for the future of global politics

the nature of inequality and how it is affected by public policy

what is happening in the Palestine/Israel conflict

the core concepts and the great thinkers of political philosophy

the causes and consequences of key contemporary international conflicts.

Small class sizes and enthusiastic lecturers

At Massey, politics is taught in a small interdisciplinary qualification where you have regular and close contact with academic staff. Your lecturers are active researchers in their respective fields. They are a politically diverse group who critically and enthusiastically engage with contemporary and historical events.

A Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International Relations is a good fit if you:

are interested in how decisions are made in society

want a career where you can make a difference to the lives of others

want to understand what is going on in the wider world.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University. To be admitted to an undergraduate qualification, you will need a minimum level of academic achievement from school, or another university or tertiary institution.

Specific requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations), outside of university admission regulations.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score 80, minimum 19 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 4 (Academic)
  • PTE - 50 overall and minimum 42 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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