Outstanding NSS Result for Interpol

Students have given the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University an outstanding overall satisfaction rating of 95% in the 2016 National Student Survey! This places the Department as the best in Wales and in the top 10 in the UK for politics students satisfaction - it six points higher than the UK politics average of 89% (NSS 2016).

Students have given the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University an impressive overall satisfaction rating of 95% in an influential UK survey.

The Department’s score is part of a wider success story at Aberystwyth University which is rated the best in Wales and one of the top ten higher education institutions in the UK for overall student satisfaction, according to the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).

The results show that overall satisfaction amongst students at Aberystwyth University stands at 92% - that’s six percentage points higher than the UK figure of 86%.

As the Department looks ahead to its centenary in 2019, it was given a further boost as its International Politics and Non-Western World undergraduate degree course achieved a 100% overall satisfaction rating from students.

A further three programmes in the Department of International Politics scored more than 90% for overall satisfaction. 

Undergraduate Degree Course


Overall Satisfaction

International Politics & Non-Western World

International Politics


International Politics & Military History

International Politics


International Politics

International Politics


International Politics & Intelligence Studies

International Politics


Students rated the programmes highly for quality of teaching, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources and personal development.

The National Student Survey (NSS) collects data from 155 of the UK’s Higher Education Institutions and is recognised as an influential source of information for prospective students when considering their options

Professor Richard Beardsworth who takes over as Head of the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University in September 2016, said: “The Department of International Politics (‘Interpol’) is delighted with the recent NSS scores, with an overall student satisfaction of 95% (up eight points from 2015) and is truly indebted to student appreciation of the hard work of the department. ‘Interpol’ has always been proud to dovetail its commitment to teaching with its excellent research reputation (ranked 7th in the UK in Politics and International Studies).

“The student appreciation confirms the strong, creative ties among our teacher/scholars, our support staff, and the student community as a whole.  Indeed, ‘Interpol’ provides a truly excellent environment - through our curriculum, our intellectual community, and our extracurricular activities (Crisis Games, Parliamentary Placement Schemes, Societies, etc.) - in which to understand and begin practicing international politics. In preparation for our centenary in 2019, we welcome, with confidence and excitement, new students into our centenary graduation class!”

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 2016-17 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 92% of International Politics graduates were in work or further study six months after leaving Aberystwyth University.

The National Student Survey is carried out annually by IPSOS Mori on behalf of all the UK’s higher education funding councils and other bodies, interviewing around 312,000 final year students in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 08:39:00 BST