Among the central concerns of International Politics are questions of war and peace. Why does war happen? How can wars be ended? Is it possible to avoid conflict altogether? Studying this degree provides important insights into these fundamental questions by considering the basic tool of war, the use of force. This degree examines the application of force and its impact on societies and people, from the advent of nuclear weapons to the post-9/11 Global War on Terror and the emergence of cyber warfare. The course is also about how wars might be prevented and how weapons might be controlled, including questions of disarmament and arms control. This degree at Aberystwyth University will allow you to explore the central questions of war and peace. 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). Aberystwyth is a **top 5 UK university and 1st in Wales** for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017). 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.