International Politics and Intelligence Studies explores the secret world of ‘cloak and dagger’. Questions about intelligence - its collection, use, and influence – are central to international politics, security and strategy. This degree is not only concerned with the history of intelligence and its contemporary uses, but also the efficacy and morality of ‘covert operations’ and the legitimacy and accountability of intelligence gathering and use. If you are interested to learn how spies and code-breakers discover what enemies (and sometimes friends) don’t want them to know, and have the ability to scrutinise how knowledge of threats is acquired, analysed and used, or discover how intelligence is central to fighting terrorism and combating the spread of nuclear weapons, then our degree at Aberystwyth University is for you. Aberystwyth University was the first to establish a department of International Politics. We have been teaching and inspiring in this subject since 1919. The department is ranked in the top 40 in the world for academic reputation (QS,2017). Our innovating teaching and care for students has placed us in the top 10 UK department and best in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS, 2016). You will be taught by lectures who are enthusiastic, committed in providing you with an outstanding and dynamic learning environment. Employability is embedded across our teaching. We teach our students to aim for the career they want, not the job that they can get. The Department operates a prestigious Parliamentary Placement Scheme, enabling you to gain valuable experience working alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an AM (Welsh Assembly, Cardiff) for a period of 4-6 weeks during the summer. During this time you will write reports and speeches, undertake research projects, and respond to constituency issues. There may be further opportunities for you to get involved in elections and various international issues. The Department is also home to Interstate, the oldest student-run international politics journal in the United Kingdom, providing a unique opportunity for you to publish your work (particularly advantageous if you wish to progress to postgraduate study) or gain valuable experience working as part of the editorial team.Stimulating student societies foster a strong sense of community within the department, offering a programme of political debates, visiting speakers, conferences and workshops, alongside numerous social activities such as an annual ball. Graduates from our department have pursued careers in: The Civil Service; Security Service; Government Research department; Public Affairs; Education; Social Research.