EU Referendum: Looking behind the headlines

With constant media coverage, the EU Referendum has been the topic on everybody’s mind. For both our Politics and International Relations students, it’s been a huge topic of debate. If, like them, this topic has had you hooked, then why not consider one of these degree routes?



As recent events have shown, the world of politics is constantly changing. Focusing on issues that are central to our daily lives, it’s a fascinating subject that looks at the role of the state, government and institutions. Whilst a degree in Politics is offered by many universities, each has their own area of specialism, so it’s worth checking this when researching your course. At the University of Chester, we look behind the media headlines and the assumptions that surround power politics. Through guest lectures, trips, and the possibility of work experience with MPs and regional media institutions such as the BBC at MediaCityUK in Salford, you’ll be provided with plenty of opportunities to grow your knowledge and experience from day one. And that’s not all: as a Politics graduate, you’ll also obtain a range of transferable skills, making you a desirable employee for a variety of possible career choices.

International Relations

The study of International Relations has never been more relevant. Dealing with issues such as sovereignty, environmentalism, development and human rights in the context of global affairs, the diverse study of this subject is of vital interest. As a student studying International Relations at Chester, you’ll focus on the forces that structure and shape global politics, by looking at real-world examples of power, economics and social relations. With work experience opportunities and external visits, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see International Relations in practice. Most recently, students took a trip to the Estonian Embassy in London and sat down with the Ambassador and his number two. Students also visited the People’s History Museum in Manchester to see the largest collection of political banners. Whether you’re looking for a career in research, journalism or social policy and development, a degree in International Relations aims to help provide you with the foundations you need to stand out in these competitive sectors.

Whether it’s Politics or International Relations that you're interested in, our dedicated team of staff within the Department of Social and Political Sciences will be on hand every step of the way to ensure you get the most out of your degree. As accomplished researchers, teachers and writers, they’ll not only provide you with an in-depth understanding of these topics; they’ll also work with you to develop your critical thinking, research, presenting and debating skills. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that members of the team were recently nominated for Chester Students’ Union Above and Beyond Awards for their innovative and inspiring approach to teaching.

Politics and International Relations students

Students meeting  His Excellency, the Ambassador for Estonia Lauri Bambus

Politics and International Relations students

Politics and International Relations Students at the Italian Embassy 

And that’s not all … 

If you’re looking to harbour your passion for this subject outside of lectures, there are lots of opportunities for you to do so. As a member of the Debating Society you’ll have the opportunity to listen and take part in debates close to your heart, whilst making friends with people who share your passion. As the debate over the Referendum heated up, a public event was recently held on-campus to discuss the views surrounding whether to remain in or leave the EU. Open to the public, staff and students, the debate featured former Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies, who argued to remain in the EU, and UKIP’s Steven Woolfe MEP, advocating for the UK to leave. There was also be a question and answer session with members of the audience.

To see what else the Debating Society get up to, take a look at their Facebook and Twitter pages.