International Politics polls well in student survey

For the second year running, students have given the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University an impressive overall satisfaction rating of 95% in an influential UK survey.

Published 9 August 2017, the National Student Survey (NSS) puts the Department in the top ten in the UK for overall satisfaction among students studying Politics as a subject.

When asked how satisfied they were with the teaching on their course, the Department’s final-year undergraduates gave a rating of 94%. 

Individual degree schemes were also given impressive satisfaction ratings by students taking part in the annual poll.

Undergraduate Degree Scheme

Overall Satisfaction

International Politics & Intelligence Studies L250


International Politics L241


International Politics & Strategic Studies L251


International Politics & Military History LV2H


  The results of the Department of International Politics are part of a wider success story at Aberystwyth University, which is rated the best in Wales and one of the top five higher education institutions in the UK for overall student satisfaction, according to the 2017 National Student Survey.

The survey shows that overall satisfaction amongst students at Aberystwyth University stands at 91% - seven percentage points higher than the UK figure of 84%.

Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, Dr James Vaughan, said: “The NSS gives us a real snapshot of what students studying within the Department think about a range of issues including the way they’re taught, the assessment and feedback they receive, and the learning community of which they are part. We are very pleased to see the excellent levels of satisfaction with our degree schemes, which are a reflection of the Department’s mission to provide high-quality, research-led teaching in an inclusive but stimulating environment.”

If you’re interested in studying in the Department of International Politics and finding out why Aberystwyth students are so satisfied with their courses, it’s not too late. We still have some clearing places left for the 2017-18 academic year or come along and visit during one of our Open Days.


The NSS figures follow closely on the heels of the latest employability figures for UK universities which showed that 95% of International Politics graduates were in work or further study six months after leaving Aberystwyth University in 2016.

The National Student Survey is conducted by IPSOS Mori on behalf of the UK’s higher education funding councils and gathers the opinions of final-year students in universities, colleges and alternative providers.

It asks students to score their university across a wide range of questions including quality of teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, learning community, the student voice and overall satisfaction.

Aberystwyth University’s rankings are based on the overall satisfaction question and use the list of higher education institutes from The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

Date: Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:27:00 BST