BA (Hons) International Relations

BA (Hons) International Relations

International Relations is the study of the relationships between states in a complex and evolving international system. When you study this subject you will explore pressing issues such as:

  • Issues of international security and conflict
  • Our responsibilities as global citizens
  • The global economy, and the organisations which govern it
  • Peacekeeping and the responsibility to protect
  • The politics of global health
  • Asylum and the politics of borders

Through these topics you will develop your understanding of the historical and contemporary events and processes behind world politics. You will also learn to analyse these processes using various theoretical approaches.

By the end of your degree, you will be able to explain the historical factors behind developments in international relations, analyse the current international political and economic landscape, and identify the challenges that will shape our shared future.

There are many ways you can explore this subject beyond the classroom. You have the opportunity to:

  • Take part in local, national and international field trips
  • Undertake a work experience project
  • Study abroad in your second year
  • Hear from visiting speakers with many different specialist areas of expertise.
  • Attend conferences, seminars, workshops and events within the School

This course is available with a foundation year. This option is ideal if you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto a degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education. A foundation year prepares you for degree level study, giving you the confidence and skills needed to make the most of your course. Passing it guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

Studying International Relations demonstrates a thorough, global awareness of some the most pressing issues facing the world today. This in depth and relevant subject allows you to build skills which can be applied to many different careers. You will leave with skills in problem solving, developing arguments, analysing and evaluating information, collaboration, independent working, communication and more.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • The Civil Service (they offer a fast stream graduate scheme)
  • Charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • Security and intelligence
  • Policy making
  • Social or market research
  • International aid

Course Details

Year 1

Introducing Politics: Key Concepts and Skills
Understanding World Politics
International or Global? Globalisation in Debate
Finding a Role - The UK in the World
International Security
Aid Inequality and Development

Year 2

International Relations: Theory and Practice
The European Union
International Political Economy
Contemporary Security Challenges
Political Analysis: Theory and Method
Practical Politics
Area Studies

Year 3

Global Governance
The Politics of Global Health
Intervention, Peacekeeping and The Responsibility to Protect
Immigration, Asylum and the Politics of Borders
Gender, Security and Conflict
Technology and Visual International Politics
International Ethics and Global Citizenship

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